Safety and Rescue

Safety and Rescue

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WARNING

We suggest that you read the information below before using the boat. Failure to follow the warnings / precautions below may lead to serious injury or death. Paddle sports such as kayaking can be dangerous and physically demanding. Participating in paddle sports may put you at risk of serious injury or death. You should receive qualified instructions to learn proper paddling techniques, water safety, and first aid before going boating. 

  • Weather and water conditions: check the weather and water conditions before you go boating. Your boat is designed to be used only in sheltered waters, lakes, and slow moving streams. It is not designed for whitewater use. Never go paddling in severe winds, rain, thunderstorms, choppy waters, strong currents, flood waters, or where tides will seriously affect your ability to steer the boat or return to shore. 
  • Every passenger should always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when using this boat. Before going paddling, read the PFD manufacturer’s information pamphlet regarding the PFD and thoroughly familiarize yourself with how the PFD is to be worn.
  • Never use or consume alcohol, drugs, or any other substance that may affect your coordination, judgment or ability to safely operate the boat.
  • Sound device: the Coast Guard requires boaters to have a means of signaling other boaters of their presence. You should keep a sound device in the boat with you at all times. If possible, attach the sound device to your Personal Flotation Device. 
  • Never stand up in the boat: standing up in the boat may cause it to capsize. If the boat should capsize, please note that, in most cases, it is far more dangerous to attempt to swim to shore than to stay with the boat. 
  • Never exceed your ability: honestly assess your physical capability as to how far and how long you can paddle and swim. 
  • Slippery when wet: the hull material is extremely slick when wet. Always wear slip-resistant shoes and stay in the center of the boat. 
  • Hypothermia: boating accidents in cold water are very dangerous. Hypothermia, the loss of body heat due to immersion in cold water, can be deadly. Survival time can be as short as 15 minutes in 35°F (2°C) water. Dress appropriately for weather conditions, wearing a wet or dry suit if necessary.
  • Never paddle alone: it is best to have someone with you in case of an emergency or accident. Also, always tell someone your boating plans, including where you are going, how long you’ll be gone, and how many people you’ll be with. 
  • Never allow minors to use this boat without adult supervision. 
  • Always familiarize yourself with the body of water where you will be paddling: learn what hours boating is permitted, whether there are any known hazardous conditions and where you can get help quickly in case of emergency or accident.
  • Always abide by all Coast Guard regulations and State and local laws, regulations, ordinances, and rules concerning boating and boating safety. Check with the Coast Guard and State and local authorities concerning proper boat handling and the proper equipment to be carried on board, such as lights and sound-producing devices.
  • Drain plugs: check that the drain plug of the kayak (on certain models only) is securely in place before launching the kayak. You should drain the space between the deck and the hull of any water accumulated due to condensation or seepage.

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