Kayak – Security matters
On your kayak, security matters. Here are Canadian Coast Guard rules for kayaks:
On the water, you need to have:
- A personal floating device (PFD), worn & approved.
- A whistle.
- A 15 meter long buoyant heaving line.
- A bailer or a manual pump.
- + A watertight flashlight, in conditions of restricted visibility and at night.
Kayakists should always be aware of weather conditions and weather forecasts. Be aware of the impact of winds, currents and/or tides on the waves. Learn to read the wind forecasts on website like WindFinder, and Marine Forecasts and Warnings.
Kayak – Security – more suggestions
Canadian Coast Guard also suggests that paddlers tell someone of their departure/return time & place. They also suggest to have a cellphone in a watertight bag or a portable VHF radio.
Sea kayakists can get the complete guide of information and security from the Canadian Coast Guard. At Aerosport Oka, we have copies of this guide for you.
You will find more info on www.tc.gc.ca.