Canoeing offers a variety of different options. From experiencing the landscape scenery in the quiet driving to a real adventure in whitewater or sea kayaking. Basically, canoeing does not require the mastery of the boat technical point. Not even a respectful treatment of nature. So, what is the most important safety factor in canoeing?
The most important is the strict compliance with some essential rules, especially for the canoeist safety.
In principle, canoeing does not present more dangers and risks than other sports. Especially if you have put all considerations of the most important points in advance. This includes a careful planning of the trip. One should take the characteristics of the route and the waters into account. The choice of a suitable canoe including the necessary equipment. Make a realistic assessment of current condition. Use your best experience, practical knowledge, and skills.
Here is an overview of the most important general safety tips for canoeing in detail:
1. Make the inquiry about the route and the navigable waters before starting the journey. This refers in particular to the water levels, the weirs, and the weather during the journey. Postpone your tour when facing a high tide.
2. Ride in groups. A beginner should not ride alone. The canoeists who want to drive or train alone should always let someone know about his tour. Where the tour is going and how long it should take.
3. Avoid the weirs, the power stations, and the dams. These areas are often in a dangerous situation. The same applies to the unclear river routes. In case of insecurity or fatigue, it makes more sense to go ashore. Take a break and continue to paddle elsewhere or after a rest period. Do not take any unnecessary risks.
4. Keep your distance away from the motor ships, the sailing vessels, and the other water users. Canoes are often hard to see by a skipper and there comes a risk of crashing.
5. Observes the applicable regulations when navigating shipping lanes and canals. There are regulations for inland waterways and the shipping lanes. They contain rules which are binding for all vessels.
6. Boats with buoyant bodies should be made unsinkable. In addition, wear a life jacket. On large waters, wear a faint-proof life jacket and a head guard. For a whitewater trip, use a cold protection suit. In case of an emergency, a package with bandages proves to be extremely helpful.
7. In general, the whitewater and the coastal waters harbor special dangers. Therefore, such waters should only be used by an experienced paddler with special equipment. Ideally, the paddlers are under the local guidance and the expert guidance.
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