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National Canoe Safety Patrol Receives 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award, April 2021

Higgins & Langley Swiftwater Rescue Awards

The Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund honors outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. Awards go to swiftwater and flood rescue experts worldwide in several significant categories, including the Outstanding Achievement Award, Program Development Award, Special Commendation Award, and Swiftwater Rescue Incident Award.

The awards were established in 1993 by members of the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic and swiftwater rescue pioneer, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993.  Although there is always an element of heroism involved in dangerous technical rescue operations, these are not awards for heroism, but rather awards that recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done—sometimes under extreme conditions—where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, as well as the safety of rescue personnel.

Spring Training, April 29 – May 1, 2022

Dear NCSP Membership,

Here’s the last reminder that Spring Training is happening this weekend, Friday April 29 – May 1, 2022 at Luke’s Landing. Weather looks good generally, but be sure to pack for the full range of cold, warm, wet and even sunny!

We’re excited to see you there soon.


Larry Palmer, Commodore, NCSP

WJFF, Radio Catskill contacted NCSP recently, in light of the recent drownings this summer. Tim and Jason wanted to learn more about drowning prevention and NCSP. My goal was to emphasize the importance of lifejacket use, awareness of river hazards, and get the word out about NCSP , Hopefully we accomplished all three. Here’s the radio program link:

NCSP Commodore’s Corner and Season Update – April 17, 2020

NCSP / Convid-19 Update

Recently we shared that we have been following the available reporting on the coronavirus (Covid-19), and considering how that might affect our NCSP Spring Training. This past evening we met again via conference call and determined that we will be cancelling our May 1 – May 3, 2020 Spring Training.

With the virus infection rates projected to peak in April or May, it is important we continue to take all safety precautions. Our mission is safety and our priority is you.  In an effort to balance an abundance of caution with a well-informed response, we will continue following the updates provided both nationally and by PA, NY, and the National Park Service. Each of us know someone who is more susceptible. On the call last night several shared personal stories and concerns. Please continue to follow all social isolation guidelines closely. They can really make a difference.

We’re all now in uncharted waters with this virus. For the time being, we have to adapt and develop new ways to effectively serve our mission. The officers will be conferencing again in a week. We’ll be planning for our summer patrol season, for training our new members, and for increasing our communication with all of you at a time when greater communication is absolutely beneficial. One idea we are looking at is holding an online meeting with all of you, to connect us and allow us to share season preparations together. More on this soon.

We would like to invite you to add suggestions to this process. If you have ideas for how to make this season both safer and more successful; or if you’d like to offer to help us in the effort, please reach out to me or any of the officers. We dearly appreciate the extra hands. By working together, I am confident we will come through this better for the challenge.

Thank you for your understanding. We’ll be posting updates to our NCSP website  our Facebook pages, and via emails to the membership. If you have questions please reach out to the officers at any time. We appreciate your support.

Remember, there will be a patrol season, and we will soon again be together on the water. Let’s stay positive and look forward to paddling on the Upper Delaware!

NCSP 40th Anniversary – Long Legacy of Volunteer Heroes                 


• Spring Training Notes

• Spring Training Schedule

• Renewing Memberships

• Spring Dinner

•Mather Swiftwater Training

NCSP Newsletter Winter 2019


• Spring Training

• 2018 Dick Rhodes Golden Biner Award recipient

• Fall Dinner Highlights

• Marine Band Radios

• First Aid / CPR classes

NCSP Newsletter Summer/ Fall 2018

NCSP Newsletter Spring 2018 

NCSP Newsletter Winter 2018

Additional  links to the archive of NCSP newsletters coming soon