With the first long summer holiday weekend arriving, we wanted to take a moment and remind everyone about some water safety tips. Here is a brief list of tips to help you stay safe and have an enjoyable time on the water.
#1. WEAR YOUR PFD. We repeat: WEAR YOUR PFD. Not only is it required by most state laws for you to be wearing a PFD while engaging in Paddlesports but studies show you are more likely to survive if something were to go wrong.
#2. Be aware of water temperature- Even though it feels warm outside, water temperatures are most likely still frigid. Hypothermia and cold-water shock can set in within minutes of falling in. Your best option is to wear a wetsuit or dry suit especially if temperatures are cooler than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
#3. Wear a whistle. A whistle will help notify those around you if you need to be rescued or are in distress.
#4. Always paddle with a friend. Having a friend with you can directly help if in distress or can call for help.
#5. Don’t paddle impaired. Save the fun for after the paddle session.
#6. Always follow the boating rules and laws. You can find your state’s laws on your state website.
#7. Review self-rescue techniques in shallow, calm waters.
#8. Stay hydrated. The elements can zap your energy so bring water and snacks. (Preferably in a reusable water bottle because #healthywaters)
#9. Wear a helmet if paddling in surf zone or whitewater.
#10. Take a class. Check with your local dealer or outfitter to inquire about water safety classes.
#11. Always carry a throw rope if you're paddling whitewater.
#12. A First Aid kit should always be in your boat.
#13. If you're going into remote areas consider a Spot or InReach style device for emergency use.
On behalf of all of us here at Werner Paddles, we want everyone to love and enjoy the water as much as we do, but please remember these tips on your next adventure and be safe.
See you on the water!