U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliaryman Gene Little demonstrates the Safe n Sight decals that make kayak paddles more visible. Photo: New York Sea GrantSyracuse, NY - Paddleboard enthusiasts, kayakers and canoers are invited to visit The Water is Great in New York State: Boat and Paddle Clean and Safe Exhibit at the 2016 Great New York State Fair to receive free Safe ‘n Sight decals and one If Found decal for kayaks or canoes.

Safe ‘n Sight is a new New York State Parks Bureau of Marine Services educational outreach that encourages paddlers to place shiny reflective decals on their paddles to increase the visibility of their boats that sit close to the water surface.

The Water is Great in New York State: Boat and Paddle Clean and Safe Exhibit is a collaborative by the New York State Parks Bureau of Marine Services, New York Sea Grant, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Great Lakes Research Consortium.

The exhibit also includes a 7-foot round boat dating to the 1970s; an inflatable paddleboard; kayak; a display of different types of life jackets, even one for the family dog; Clean, Drain, Dry invasive species management information; and the child-sized U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary mascot Coastie.

The exhibit is in a tent at the mini New York State Park at the Fair, near the reflective pool from which a Great Lakes Research Consortium weather buoy is transmitting data on the State Fair weather conditions.

Media Contacts:
. NYS Parks Bureau of Marine Services: Ro Woodard, 518.408.1028
. New York Sea Grant: Dave White, 315.312.3042
. NYSG/GLRC Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315.465.7578, karalynn@gisco.net

Photo:
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliaryman Gene Little demonstrates the Safe ‘n Sight decals that make kayak paddles more visible. Photo: New York Sea Grant