To reduce risks to your safety whilst you are paddling we recommend following these simple steps:

  • Ask yourself do you have everything you need before you go?
    • Boat
    • Paddle
    • Buoyancy Aid
    • Bailer/sponge
    • Small First Aid Kit
    • Penknife
    • Phone (in a waterproof bag)
    • Drinking water
    • Sun cream, hat and sunglasses
    • Light waterproof jacket
  • Always wear shoes
    • Sounds simple, & it is simple. Rocks, reed beds etc are hard and rough. Don't take any chances & hurt your feet.
  • Always wear a buoyancy aid.
  • Wear a hat. 
    • They keep the sun at bay in warm weather & help keep you warm in the winter.
  • Carry a dry towel & a dry change of clothes.
  • Wear clothing that can be layered & easily be removed.
    • Great if you get warm, and need to remove a layer.
    • Also, they help keep you warm if it's cold.
  • Check your equipment before you go & make sure its fit for the water.
  • Where possible keep to any designated paths or launching points
  • Canoe a safe distance away from wildlife
  • Never paddle alone
  • Ensure that the journey you have planned is within your capability
  • Always ensure you tell someone where you are going, where you are setting off from and returning to (if different) and how long you expect to be out. You should also carry some basic safety equipment. 
  • For optimum safety, especially offshore, take a GPS tracker and alert bleep with you.
  • Check the weather forecasts
    • The Met Offices updates its information regularly to ensure any adverse conditions are known in advance. The weather can never be guaranteed, it is your responsibility to take all necessary precautions for your safety but if you are clued up before you set off, you have a better chance of keeping safe.  Find your weather forecast here.
  • Check tide times and high water levels
    • The Environment Agency monitors river and sea levels across England and Wales by collecting data from monitoring stations along the rivers and the coast. Use the interactive map to navigate to your paddling location and find the current, lowest and highest tide/river levels.  See flood warnings and environmental risks that may affect your trip.  Find your time times and water levels here.
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