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Basic Safety Tips for Kayaking

Basic Kayak Safety Rules That All Boaters Should Follow:

As with all recreational activities, there is always the possibility of injury or death. Always use common sense and follow all safety rules at all times.

  • Be aware of weather conditions and water temperature. Prepare for changes in weather and the possibility of a capsize. If paddling in cold water, a wet suit or dry suit can keep you warm and comfortable. In warm weather, a long sleeve shirt can provide sun protection.
  • Invest in appropriate clothing for your climate. One advantage of sit-inside kayaks is that you can shield yourself from some of the elements, while sit-on-tops leave you more exposed. Dress for the day.
  • Beware of off-shore winds that make it difficult to return to shore.
  • Always follow the boating rules of the area you're in.
  • Never mix alcohol or drugs (prescription or non-prescription) with boating.
  • Never exceed the weight capacity of your boat and always check your equipment for wear and tear before you paddle.
  • Seek qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques, water safety and basic first aid.
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