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QUICK GUIDE TO SAFETY ON KAYAKS AND CANOES

Kayaks and canoes are water vessels just like boats. This means that you must comply with state marine legislation just like a boat does. It is important you are aware of your requirements before venturing out on your kayak and canoe. You are responsible for the safety of the vessel and all of those on board. Make sure you know the safe boating rules for the state or region you are using your kayak or canoe.

SAFETY TIPS TO BE WARY OF WHILE OUT ON YOUR KAYAK OR CANOE

The biggest danger you face is other as a kayaker is other boats. Here are some precautions you can take to stay safer on the water:

Attach flag to your canoe/kayak
Wear highly visible clothing, this is best done with a PDF
Stay close to shoreline
Keep to the starboard side of the channel
Use flashing lights at night
Take rescue classes
Learn how to swim

LIFEJACKETS AND PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES

Lifejackets or personal floatation devices must be worn when paddling. You should check with your local or state government for the specific requirements of your state or region.

Related: Quick Guide to PFDs for Kayak Fishing

 


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Bill Matthews
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Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.