With the shorter days and the recent wild weather in Victoria, this is a good time to remind ourselves about paddling safely. Below is an update on some resources available to help you to ‘Paddle Safe’.
A Paddle Safe flyer developed by the Australian and New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group. This promotes key themes to help you to ‘Paddle Safe’ including:
Wear a lifejacket.
Be seen, be safe.
Have the right equipment.
Know the boating rules.
Understand the conditions.
Plan your trip.
Know your limits.
The Australian Canoeing Safety Guidelines provide the minimum requirements for the safe conduct of recreational canoeing and kayaking activities – don’t forget to check the Australian Canoeing Safety Code included at the end of the guidelines.
The Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook provides lots of general information for paddlers in Victoria including lifejackets, safety equipment, lights on boats, waterway rules and references relevant legislation.
Up to date weather warnings and marine forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
If you would like to discuss ideas about paddling safely, please contact the Canoeing Victoria office by email or phone (03) 8846 4120.