Safe Paddling

Paddling Safety – hints and guidelines

Canoe SA endorses the use of safety aids when paddling.


Guidelines for the avoidance of collisions

At all time when you are on the water you must keep a good lookout and be ready to give way to other vessels or users

Where you must give way, do it in good time and in such a way that it is obvious to other vessels or users

Give way to sailing and fishing vessels and any vessel that is hampered by such tasks as dredging, cable-laying and so on.

Always keep to the right hand side of channels


Always paddle with a friend

Ensure you have 1 litre of water for every hour expected on the water

Always wear or pack adequate clothing for on-water conditions