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10 Tips for Safe Kayaking

This information was written for use while in Canadian waters. But these tips are good for all who enjoy being on the water.

(NC)-A kayak might be visible from two kilometres away, but it only takes a large vessel four minutes to cover that distance. Could you paddle your kayak out of danger that fast? In choppy water, powerboat and cargo vessel operators may be unable to see anything on the water that is less than three quarters of a kilometre away. Keeping these facts in mind, here are 10 ways to kayak safely:

  1. Increase your visibility by always wearing a red, orange or yellow lifejacket and bright clothing.
  2. Paddle in a highly visible kayak.
  3. Use lights in low-visibility conditions.
  4. Use a watertight VHF radio, one of the best ways of communicating with other ships and Canadian Coast Guard stations. Cellular phones are not a good substitute.
  5. Plan your trip based on the least-qualified paddler’s skill and fitness level before you head out on the water.
  6. Learn the local tide, current and water conditions.
  7. Carry approved safety equipment for your kayak.
  8. Bring a dry change of clothes in a water-tight container.
  9. Kayak in groups of three and consider hiring a qualified guide.
  10. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

To learn more, read the Sea Kayaking Safety Guide or visit Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.

Credit: www.newscanada.com

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