ACK was the featured guest at last month’s Capitol Area Council’s District Roundtable. The main topic covered by ACK was Water Safety, or as the Boy Scouts call it “Safety Afloat”. The Roundtable is a gathering of scout leaders and district executives who meet once a month for training and organizational communications. We were happy to have the opportunity to show our support for the scouts, and share some valuable water safety information.
In keeping with the Safety Afloat equipment requirements the boy scouts follow, ACK discussed a number of water safety products along these lines. The most important item being the PFD and the proper fitting and sizing necessary for each participant to be comfortable and safe. We brought a few vests that are kayak specific with padding that is higher on the back and designed to not ride up. Vests designed like this make paddling a kayak more comfortable and allow for a wider range of motion.
We talked about emergency paddles next which are compact and very useful to have for those unforeseen events that can leave you in a precarious situation without a paddle. From the safety paddle we transitioned to other important emergency equipment, such as; Helmets, throw bags, whistles, lights, first aid kits, and waterproof maps. These emergency items are pretty straight forward, but the scout leaders were not entirely aware of all the options that existed.
ACK makes a point to carry the widest selection of emergency equipment available to our customers. We like to listen to our customer’s needs and steer them in the right direction. It is important to know your options, and it is important to ACK to ensure that not only the boy scouts will be safe, but all who enjoy the water will be safe.