Saturday, September 25, 2021

Paddling Safety

Some thoughts for kayakers & canoeists on oceans, rivers, or lakes.

Preparation & PreventionCoping with Problems


  • know how to use it
  • know how to not abuse it
  • know its limitations
  • see Rescue

Paddling Skills

  • Learn good technique and effective strokes
  • Use large muscle groups and skeletal system
  • Know the limits of your own skills and endurance
  • see Rescue

Reading the Water

  • Consider the effects of chop, swell, waves, current, bottom, eddies, holes, and shoreline
  • see Rescue


  • consider the forecast, weather systems, and the prevailing winds
  • see Rescue


  • know how to use charts, compass, and topo maps
  • know the rules of the road
  • know landmarks, water levels, and put-ins and take-outs
  • see Rescue


  • be in good physical condition
  • eat a high calorie diet – fats, proteins, carbs, sugars
  • keep refueling food handy
  • see Rescue


  • control the effects of the wind, water, and temp with layers of clothing – wool and synthetics (polypro, etc.) or wet or dry suits
  • see Rescue


  • cover all the above and avoid needing rescue!
  • Carry PFDs, spare paddle, hand-held radio, pulley system, sea anchor, EPIRB
  • Don’t paddle alone
  • Know how to cope
  • see Rescue

Dragonworks, Inc.
Whitewater & Sea Touring Kayaks
Fibreglass & Plastic
U.K & U.S.A Designs
Boats * Accessories * Tours * Instruction

42 Stevens Rd.
Bowdoinham, ME 04008
Phone: 207-666-8481

Manufacturer of the Sturgeon Sea Kayak
-- expedition proven worldwide since 1980 --
Have Fun, Paddle Safe, Leave Nothing Behind But Your Wake