MTI recently attended the annual conference and extravaganza of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, held this year in Spokane, Washington.
For the benefit of the uninitiated, AORE is an organization for students, educators and professionals either involved in or pursuing a career in outdoor activities and organizations, and who are interested in introducing others to the same while also promoting conservation and environmental stewardship.
As MTI’s Director of Sales, I have been fortunate enough to draw the biodegradable straw and attend the AORE conference the past couple of years, and as MTI’s resident Baby Boomer, I have to say it is one of my favorite business trips of the year. There are a few of reasons for this:
First and foremost is simply that people drawn to the outdoors and to careers in it tend to be a pretty nice bunch overall, and that always makes for a more enjoyable stint in a trade show booth.
Diet. These people eat pretty well. For better or worse, I can’t remember the last time I saw an afternoon snack table with nothing on it but apples.
I learn something. AORE is a smart bunch, and whether it’s a lecture on local history or wilderness medicine, sneaking into a seminar or two can make me feel like a smarter guy. Never mind whether that’s true or not.
Finally, here comes the OK Boomer part. it’s refreshing to sit in an auditorium full of people who are more interested in hearing what the speaker and each other have to say than they are in their own phones. It’s a little thing, perhaps, and I’m as guilty as most when it comes to spending too much time staring at the small screen. But I can’t remember being anyplace recently where the audience was so involved. I don’t know why that gives me hope, but it does.
We think that the Bob is a great performance youth PFD, but we’re glad to know we’re not the only ones. Longtime dealer, Barbara at Chattooga Whitewater Outfitters in Long Creek, SC, wrote to us to tell us why it’s the only youth jacket they sell! Continue reading →
In 1991 Marine Technologies International (MTI) was a start-up, founded in a
suburban home in Watertown, MA, by Dorothy Takashina and her sons Yoshi and Simon. Dorothy had a vision to design life jackets for the watersports that her college-aged sons loved: whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing and quiet water kayaking – emerging sports at the time. Continue reading →
This video by STANDUP. PADDLING.NET and Jimmy Blakeney of BIC Board describes essential gear including the MTI FLUID Belt Pack inflatable PFDs, paddle leashes and paddles as well as looking at the basic anatomy of your SUP board.
“So gear wise, you’re going to want to have a PFD. This is a personal flotation device. If you’re outside the surf zone, meaning not surfing the board in waves, then you definitely want to have a PFD because the Coast Guard requires it. If you don’t have one on, you can get a ticket if you’re out there on the water without it. This is a nice option because it’s low profile. It’s an inflatable PFD. It goes around your waist like a fanny pack, and you inflate it if you need it. If not, it’s out of the way and low profile. “
Nice job, Jimmy! Thanks for helping to spread the SAFE SUP message.
The 2nd most common reason people say that they don’t wear a life jacket is because they consider themselves a good swimmer. If that is you, take a look at this. COLD WATER BOOT CAMP is a pretty powerful video showing how a GOOD SWIMMER could quickly be overcome in cold water. It is NO SHAME to wear a life jacket!