Understanding the boating rules of the area and preparing with adequate skills, knowledge, and
equipment are the keys to preventing canoeing or kayaking accidents.
Wearing a life jacket is the most important step you can take to ensure your safety on
the water (life jackets could have saved the lives of over 80% of boating fatality
- Always wear a personal flotation device/life jacket that has a whistle
- Never paddle alone. Notify someone of your plans and when you expect to return.
- Invest in appropriate clothing for the climate.
- Never mix alcohol or drugs with boating.
- Inquire about qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques, water safety
and basic first aid before using a canoe/kayak by yourself.
- Avoid standing in the canoe or kayak.
- If the boat capsizes, stay with the watercraft. In an emergency situation, remain calm.
Panicking will only make the situation worse.
- Always bring plenty of water and food. Dehydration can cause a plethora of health
problems and increase the risk of accidents occurring.