We know you’re excited to get out there in your Pakayak, but, first, let’s start by making sure you are paddling safely.
- Wear a personal flotation device (PFD). United States Coast Guard regulations require that all kayaks have a PFD on board. Wearing your PFD will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water. There are PFDs designed specifically for paddling. Get one that fits well.
- Follow the boating rules of the area you are in.
- Check weather conditions and water temperature and be prepared for changes in weather and the possibility of a capsize.
- Wear appropriate clothing for your climate and the weather.
- Do not exceed the weight capacity of your boat and always check your equipment for wear and tear before you paddle.
- Consider taking a course to learn proper paddling techniques, water safety and basic first aid.
- Know how to re-enter your kayak in the unlikely event that you capsize.
- Tell someone where you are going, what you will be doing, how long you expect to be gone and how many people are in your party.
- Bring drinking water.