Kayaking Safety Rules
When it comes to boating, there are rules of safety which should be respected. These rules are applicable to all boats, from kayaks to yachts.
Below are some safety measures to be taken when kayaking.
- Never drink alcohol or take drugs (whether prescription or not) when you go kayaking.
- Do a check over of your kayak before going paddling. Check for wear, cracks or holes. Also check your paddles.
- Make sure you know what the weight capacity of your kayak is, and do not exceed it.
- If you are planning on kayaking in dangerous waters it may be a good idea to do a course on paddling techniques and water safety from a qualified instructor.
- Learning basic first aid knowledge can save lives.
- Always wear a life jacket. Life jackets not only keep your head above the water, but they can also give you extra warmth in cold waters.
- Try to plan your kayaking trips ahead of time. Look at the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Take extra clothing in case the weather turns.
- When planning a kayaking trip, be sure to let others know your plan. You should tell someone where you are going, what route you are taking, how many people are in your group and when you plan on getting back. Stick to your plan to make it easier for rescue workers to find you, should something go wrong.
- Wear a helmet if you are kayaking anywhere near rocks.
- Keep well hydrated. Take enough water and food with you. High energy snacks can help keep you going if you run into trouble.
- If you are kayaking in the sea and paddle away from the shore, be aware of what the wind is doing. A strong off-shore wind can make it hard to return to shore, especially if you get tired and cold.