Because of their small size and instability, paddle craft operators are vulnerable in the water. Paddle craft are also involved in incidents caused by other vessel operators, like incidents resulting from a lack of proper lookout or excess speed. It’s your responsibility, along with other vessels, to keep a proper lookout and help avoid collisions.
When paddling, you should always wear a lifejacket, be prepared for the conditions and check the weather ahead of your trip. If the weather changes while you are on the water, change your course and find a more sheltered site or return to shore. Know the limits of your craft, as well as your own paddle abilities as paddling in certain weather conditions such as high wind can be extremely tiring.
Increasing the visibility of your paddle craft is also important. Consider wearing a combination of bright colours across your clothing, lifejacket, paddle and craft to best ensure you are seen.