HarborLAB attended Jersey Paddler‘s 2014 Paddlesport Show, the East Coast’s largest annual canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board expo. Erik Baard and EJ Lee represented HarborLAB to safe boating educators with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (Vessel Examination – Paddlecraft) and American Canoe Association, as well as a host of environmental educators and manufacturers (Folbot, Hobie, and Johnson Outdoors had especially strong showings). It was a great gathering. We purchased nautical charts, waterproof illustrative guides to estuary fauna, a safety horn, scupper hole plugs, reusable tie-downs, and other useful gear. We also received free waterproof cell phone dry bags. A huge bonus was that HarborLAB won a free whitewater rafting trip for two from Jim Thorpe River Adventures that we’ll use as a raffle or auction prize at a future fundraiser!
HarborLAB Operations Manager EJ Lee charms the warm and friendly US Coast Guard Auxiliary crew.
Great knot-tying practice and quiz board at the Delaware River chapter of the American Canoe Association.
HarborLAB Operations Manager EJ Lee meets a new American Canoe Association certified instructor.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Commander Anthony Reardon.
Long Island City, HarborLAB’s home base, lost its greatest advocate for safety on the harbor on September 18. Tony Reardon was elected division commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2012 and served with the NYPD Harbor Unit Auxiliary, as a New York State certified safe boating instructor and teaching other classes. He was generous with his skills and encouragement, welcoming all to our local waters. He offered to provide safe boating classes to HarborLAB for free this winter. We’re saddened to not benefit from his tutelage but will follow through with his successors in his honor. Our condolences to his family and many friends.