Safety Tips for Stand-Up Paddleboarders

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Edwin Hammond Meredith is a Florida Keys chef with a long-standing interest in stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Taking advantage of the Keys’ abundant recreational offerings, Edwin Hammond Meredith has participated in long-distance water crossings with other SUP enthusiasts, and he completed one memorable 44-mile crossing from Key Largo to Flamingo, Florida.

With life jacket requirements in place in many states, the US Coast Guard considers paddleboards as vessels, and holds them to the rules that govern boats. Large sail and motor vessels have right of way over SUP boards, and one basic aspect of maintaining safety is staying clear of oncoming traffic. Visibility can be an issue; bright clothing is recommended, along with a whistle that allows you to issue a high-pitched alert if necessary.

Beyond these considerations, carry a light when paddling at night, and always wear a leg leash. While the latter may seem superfluous in calm waters, it helps ensure that you do not get separated from the board should you lose balance and fall into the water. It also helps to ensure ready access to the buoyant board in case of waves and strong winds.

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The Benefits to Your Career of Learning a Second Language

 

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From his home in the Florida Keys, Edwin Hammond Meredith balances his career as a chef with his love of outdoor activities, such as sailing and snowboarding. A keen student of other cultures, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys exploring and developing his skills in foreign languages.

Learning a second language offers a range of benefits, particularly when it comes to career options. An article posted on the Minnesota State website points to a survey that suggests that North American recruiters will be placing increasing emphasis on finding people who are bilingual, with 66 percent expressing the opinion that knowing a second language will become increasingly important in business over the course of the next decade.

The same article also points to additional research, carried out by language education company RosettaStone, which shows that those who know at least one foreign language enjoy higher incomes to those who don’t, to the tune of $10,000 per year.

As for which languages are most likely to be beneficial, in the United States job market, it is best to learn Spanish, Italian, or French, though many employers are now looking for people who are skilled with Mandarin given the continued expansion of business interests in China.