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Kayaking, Canoeing & Sit On Tops

 

Kayaking, Canoeing & Sit On Tops

ALWAYS:

  • Get suitable training on how to use all of your equipment
  • Check the weather and tides before you depart; be aware of wind strength, especially offshore winds
  • Wear a suitable personal flotation device (buoyancy aid)
  • Wear suitable clothing for the conditions and take a drink and snack with you
  • Paddle in a group where possible and tell someone back on land where you are going, how long you intend to be out for and advise the local coastguard of your planned journey
  • Carry suitable means of calling for help (VHF radio or flares)
  • Keep your kayak and equipment well maintained and ready for the water. Make sure hatches and drainplugs are secure and watertight, the paddle is in good condition, the seat firmly attached and all gear secured safely
  • Learn and practise techniques to get back on board your kayak if you should capsize
  • Ensure you are a confident swimmer who can swim a minimum of 50m in the sea.

 

 

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