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Sea Kayaking Safety Advice

The British coastline offers some of the best sea kayaking opportunities in the world, but anyone venturing out needs to understand the risks and paddle safely. 

British Canoeing has been working with the RNLI to publish safety information that sets out the steps you need to take to stay safe on the sea. The full information can be found here but in the meantime, make sure you familiarise yourself with the points below. 

To stay safe on the sea:

  • Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach: If it can't be reached in an emergency, it's no help.
  • Wear a buoyancy aid.
  • Check the weather and tides. Understand the effect they will have on you.
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you'll be back.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions and your trip.
  • Get some training: Contact your local canoe club or outdoor centre and look for coaching sessions run by a British Canoeing. You can find your local club or centre here.

Every year there are numerous incidents and near misses, follow the safety advice and make sure you stay safe.

Other information

The accessibility of the coast combined with the increased ownership of canoes and kayaks has seen an increase in incidents requiring rescue. Safety information published by The RNLI and British Canoeing serves as a useful check list on what to do to stay safe. It also provides valuable information to both novice and experienced canoeists.

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