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Become a volunteer safety patroller on the river

April 30, 2014

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP) will host its 35th annual Delaware River water safety training program on the weekend of May 3 and 4 for volunteers to learn how to respond to emergencies on the open water this summer.

Registration opens on Friday, May 2 between 5 and 9 p.m. at Kittatinny Adventure Center, Luke’s Landing near Barryville, NY, 3854 State Rte. 97, or register at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Briefing starts at 8 a.m.

Attendees will learn basic water rescue techniques, how to handle a throw bag, the dos and don’ts of when to enter the water, how to interact with someone in distress, and how to talk to National Park Service dispatchers if help is needed in a larger emergency.

Training also includes practice going through rapids at Barryville and Shohola Falls.

Those who complete the requirements of training receive a NCSP membership card and become VIP volunteers in the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River National Park. In exchange, graduates are required to give back a minimum of four days between May and October to patrol specific sections of the river between Skinners Falls/Milanville area downstream to Matamoras.

Preregistration is recommended. Overnight camping at Luke’s Landing is permitted. Find additional information at, or you can send an email to