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Kayaking and canoeing can take you on a wide range of excitingly unique adventures, but it is important at all times to be mindful of the inherent risks, and approach these with the appropriate knowledge and equipment.

Both British Canoeing and American Canoe Association have useful resources on safety and getting started in paddling. You should familiarise yourself with safety best practices and waterway access for your local area.

British Canoeing
American Canoe Association (ACA)

Get Instruction
Create a Float Plan
Never Paddle Alone
Wear a Buoyancy Aid
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Paddle Within Your Skill Level
Check the Weather Forecast
Carry Appropriate Safety Gear
Carry a reliable means of calling for help on you, not in the boat
Make sure you can be seen from a distance, night or day
Avoid busy shipping lanes and steer clear of large ships
Familiarise yourself with the local tides and currents
Plan escape points around rocky coastlines or in heavy surf
Practice rescue and re-entry when you don’t need it, so it’s reliable when you do

P&H Sea Kayaks does not make any representation as to the safety of Canoeing or Kayaking, nor that the purchase of any equipment will ensure any such safety. There is no such thing as a safe kayak, only a safe paddler.