Paddle safe - the right equipment - video transcript
Narrator: When you choose your craft and equipment make sure it suits your abilities and experience. This will depend on your fitness, your level of skills, where you plan to go and who with. In addition to your lifejacket, take plenty of water and food, shoes and spare clothing to suit the conditions. Take a helmet if going into moving water such as surf or rapids. If going into open water, a paddle leash or leg leash can save you losing your paddle or kayak. Take a mobile phone with you in a waterproof case. A whistle to attract attention can also be handy. And don’t forget your sun-protection. Keep your equipment well maintained and check it is all in good working order before you go. If your kayak has an open cockpit do you have enough buoyancy? Test your craft in shallow waters to find out what happens when it’s full of water. Consider adding extra buoyancy and something to pump out with. If going offshore consider a waterproof, hand held VHF radio, for communications and weather updates. Offshore you might also carry an EPIRB or Personal Locator Beacon which gives your exact location in case of an emergency rescue. Take care when lifting and carrying to avoid injury. When transporting kayaks on your car, make sure they are centred and securely strapped. Under road rules if they over-hang by over a metre, you will need to tie a red flag or rag to the end. Being prepared and having the right equipment means you can enjoy your paddling with confidence.
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