SAFETY FIRST

 

IMPORTANT - Please consider before going paddling:

  • Always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
  • Always carry adequate safety equipment, i.e. spare paddle, whistle, cellphone in a dry bag, flashlight, sprayskirt etc….
  • Check on the weather, marine conditions and the tides.
  • Match skill to conditions.
  • Make sure that all bungs and hatch lids and spare paddle are attached properly to your canoe.
  • Take your drinking water.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and what time you will be finished.
  • Wear suitable clothing to paddle in.
  • Take care in populated areas.
  • Never paddle alone.
  • DO NOT use waka in shore/surf brake.
  • Take a waka course from your local club or organisation to thouroughly familiare yourself with safe paddling techniques and seamanship.
  • STORAGE - store out of direct sunlight.

To learn more, go to:

www.watersafety.org.nz

www.coastguard.org.nz