Kayak Safty Tips — Equipment Checklist Review

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Posted by
Ryan Peters
Updated by
Bill Miller
Last updated:
September 1, 2020


Always make sure you have:

  • Kayak in good condition
  • Sturdy paddle
  • Paddle leash or tether
  • Lifejacket and whistle
  • Suitable clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
  • First aid kit


  • Wear Your Lifejacket it might just save your life.
  • Rules of the Road. What paddlers need to know when sharing the waterways.
  • Safety Check.
  • Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.
  • Thoroughly familiarize yourself with your boat.
  • Avoid paddling alone.
  • Get a weather forecast for each day.
  • Know the principles of navigation and seamanship.
  • Be aware of dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Forbidden Weather for Kayaking:

  • Wind
  • Currents
  • Fog

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