Paddling a canoe or kayak along a river or around a lake is an invigorating way to explore a park and a great way to exercise and stay fit. To make your time out on the water safer and more enjoyable, please follow these safety tips:
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- Make sure your safety equipment is in good working condition and easily accessible
- Tell a friend or family member where you're going, your point of departure and when you plan to return.
- If you capsize, stay with your vessel – a vessel is much easier to spot in the water than a person.
- Wear suitable clothing for the conditions and make sure you are highly visible to other boaters
- Take a mobile phone and/or Personal Location Beacon (PLB) with you and attach reflective tape to your vessel and paddles to increase visibility.
- To avoid losing your paddle(s) attach it/them to your vessel with shock cord(s).
- Where possible, always travel in a group to maximise your safety.
- Beware of trees and snags, like submerged logs or tree roots.
For more information visit the Roads and Maritime Services website