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Paddling safety

Paddling a canoe or kayak along a river or around a lake is an invigorating way to explore a national 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 paddling 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 paddlers
  • To avoid losing your paddles attach them to your vessel with shock cords
  • Where possible, always travel in a group to maximise your safety.
  • Beware of trees and snags, like submerged logs or tree roots.
  • Take a mobile phone and/or Personal Location Beacon (PLB) with you and attach reflective tape to your vessel and paddles to increase visibility.

For more information about staying safe in kayaks and canoes visit the Roads and Maritime Services website.

The view along the river. Photo: Shaun Sursok