NCSP History





The NCSP primary mission is to provide less experienced boaters with on-water safety training, teaching safe and effective paddling techniques, and performing river rescues and assists as necessary.


The NCSP patrol area extends from Port Jervis, New York to Trenton, New Jersey. The NCSP  focuses its efforts on patrolling stretches of the river adjacent to a number of sizable and active canoe liveries.


When patrolling in the Delaware Water Gap area, the NCSP coordinates activities with the National Park Service Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) and provides Safety and Rescue training for the Park Rangers.


Our Rivers and streams  present hazards and challenges that test the abilities of all levels of paddling skills. It seems that mostly the beginner, still needs assistance in seeking and having a safe and enjoyable day on the river. Thatís where the NCSP organization helps.


During a river patrol, we routinely answer questions and give suggestions. At times we must do serious rescues and/or treat injuries.



NCSP Training Officer& Commodore, Ken Heaphy (below), conducts training

 and demos at the annual Canoe Classic for NJ Ocean County Parks.




NCSP members removing a pinned (river hazard)

canoe from the Class II+ Lambertville Wing Dam





The National Canoe Safety Patrol interacts with a variety of organizations that utilize and are adjacent to the Delaware River. The NCSP patrol focus is guided by our published annual schedule and updated on the NCSP Website at



The NCSP assists the National Park Service and is also available to support any agency or organization that uses the Delaware River or tributaries for recreation.



NCSP can patrol other waters in the NJ, NY, PA metropolitan area for special situations. NCSP has supported major paddling events through The State of New Jersey, County Park Commissions and Conservation groups.



The safety effectiveness of NCSP largely comes from our being on the water in heavily populated areas giving friendly advice on how to paddle and stay safe so the paddler can enjoy the environment and have a positive experience on the water.


We are looking for paddlers who care about safety, enjoy working with the public, and are willing to get involved. Inexperienced paddlers will find a unique opportunity to increase their paddling skills and self rescue techniques.