Considerations for Water Safety

Here are important considerations for having a safe and fun time while on the water.

Paddling craft: canoes, kayaks, or rowboats capable of keeping pace with the paddling group during an event.

A motorized watercraft may accompany the group for safety.

Items to bring with you: Water safety is paramount. Transport Canada requires paddlers to carry certain safety items depending on the type and length of your craft and where and when you are paddling. For the safety of individual participants and all members of a paddling group, all participants are requested to have this equipment on their craft and to carry a change of seasonally-appropriate clothes in a dry bag.

Depending on your craft and the location of the paddling event, you may need any or all of the following items:

  • an approved PFD for each paddler;
  • sound signaling device;
  • heaving line;
  • bailer or pump;
  • flashlight or flares;
  • compass;
  • spare paddle
  • Communication Device (Cell Phone – we are usually within cell range on our trips),

Optional: knife, first aid kit; float bags; emergency food and drinking water.

Considerations for the trips

Plan to arrive at the starting or launch site at least 45 minutes before the start of the trip. Stay with your paddling group and heed directions from the designated Event Leader. Consider that non-metal
boats are invisible on the radar systems of larger boats. In high traffic waters or in restricted visibility (fog)
you might want a GPS and a radio telephone to advise bigger boats of your location.

Individuals are responsible for their own safety and for learning kayaking and canoeing skills appropriate for the waters being paddled, for learning first aid and how to handle emergencies, and for knowing relevant provincial and federal boating regulations.

For information about required equipment, regulations or guidelines refer to:

Operating a human-powered craft: (Transport Canada) Transport Canada Guide for Kayaks and Canoes

Human Powered Pleasure Craft – shows the Transport Canada approved equipment for Kayaks and Canoes

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