River Ambassador Program

PHASTAR’s pilot program is designed to utilize volunteer American Canoe Association accredited paddle boarders and kayakers in concert with River Communications Office and PHASTAR 2543 to promote safety, education and goodwill on our rivers and tributaries during the recreational boating season here in Northeast Ohio.

The River Ambassador Program is an extension of our current Marine Safety program and will provide participants the ability to expand their personal knowledge while positively contributing to the overall safety on the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie and it tributaries.

This training program launches a knowledgeable volunteer paddle corps (24 Ambassador Goal per season) on the river and waterfront during the busiest times; weekends and holidays, during adaptive paddling and similar program functions and other special events. These individuals are a part of the larger Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force plan and work directly with PHASTAR Marine Safety and other public safety resources.

Required Training & Certifications:

Each of the two annual course offerings (kayak and SUP) provide participants with instruction on basic and advanced paddling techniques.This course is a pre-requisite to joining the River Ambassador Program.* This course meets on July 24th & 25th.

First Aid, CPR and AED Certification is also required.  PHASTAR is offering a First Aid/CPR/AED certification course on July 23rd at our 1776 Columbus Road facility, which will run from 6pm to 10pm.  If have already obtained certification, you will be asked to provide proof.

The River Ambassador Indoctrination Training will cover rules of the road, a basic navigation refresher and proper radio technique, and will be held on July 27th from 9am to 2pm at 1776 Columbus Rd. Attendance at this training is mandatory for anyone seeking to become a River Ambassador.

Registration for SUP:

Registration for Kayak:


Registration for First Aid/CPR/AED Course and/or River Ambassador Indoctrination Training:



*Paddlers who already have ACA Instructor Level 1 or 2 need only attend  the CPR/First Aid Course on Tuesday, July 23rd and the Paddle Ambassador Indoctrination on Saturday, July 27th.