The basis of safe kayaking is sound judgement, self-responsibility and technical competence. Join a club or take a class - kayaking can be a safe and rewarding activity if common sense prevails and certain precautions are taken.
ALWAYS TAKE & USE
- TRAK Gear/Floatation bags fully inflated and/or your TRAK Sea Sock
- a paddle
- a sprayskirt that fits your kayak
- a personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle
- a throw bag or towline
- a bailer or bilge pump
- an accessible spare paddle, minimum of 1 per group
Please contact the official office of boating safety in your area for required safety equipment.
Paddlesport Industry Safety Warning:
Paddlesports and kayaking can be very dangerous and physically demanding. The user of paddlesports products should understand that participation in paddlesports may involve serious injury or death. Observe the following safety standards whenever using this product:
- Get paddlesports instruction specific to this type of craft.
- Obtain certified first-aid training and carry first-aid and rescue/safety equipment.
- Always wear a nationally approved personal floatation device.
- Always wear a helmet where appropriate.
- Dress appropriately for weather conditions; cold water and/or cold weather can result in hypothermia.
- Check your equipment prior to EACH use for signs of wear or failure.
- Never paddle alone.
- Do not paddle in flood conditions.
- Be aware of appropriate river water levels, tidal changes, dangerous currents and weather changes.
- Scout unfamiliar water; portage where appropriate.
- Do not exceed your paddling ability; be honest with yourself.
- Consult your physician prior to beginning your paddlesports training or activity.
- You must not use alcohol or mind-altering drugs prior to or during use of this product.