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Things to Remember


Age when children MUST wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable personal floatation device in or on vessels under 26 feet.

Under 13 years of age
Under 16 years of age
Under 12 years of age
Under 8 years of age
Under 6 years of age

Supply Checklist

  • Personal floatation device for each person
  • Map of the stream or chart of the bay so you can find your location at any time
  • Fully-charged cell phone or a handheld VHF radio in coastal areas
  • Plenty of drinking water and food
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Hat
  • First aid kit
  • Waterproof bag, or bring along some plastic food storage bags to protect any electronics and food from getting wet
  • Hand-held Global Positioning System unit so you can determine where you are, how to get back to a launch site, and—in the event of an emergency—allow you to pinpoint your position for rescuers
  • Loud whistle or other sound-signaling device
  • White light source visible from 360 degrees if paddling in reduced visibility or from sunset to sunrise

Safety Checklist

  • Never paddle alone
  • Check weather forecasts
  • Plan your trip so that your paddling skills are equal to the water conditions
  • Always file a “float plan” – tell someone where you are going and when you are expected to return
  • Wear protective footgear and a hat
  • Use sunscreen and insect repellent
  • For one-way paddles, make sure you have a plan for returning to your vehicle