The accessibility of the coast, the boom in staycations and the increased ownership of canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards this summer has seen an increase in incidents requiring rescue.
This week is stand up paddleboarding safety week, so to celebrate and make sure everyone's out on the water enjoying themselves safely, we thought we'd share a selection of our safety information including tips on how to paddleboard, technique, safety equipment and places to go!
False alarms are a huge issue for the Coastguard and RNLI who have asked paddlers to help them resolve the problem. The solution is simple: have your name and contact number visible in your boat.
With the easing of restrictions on outdoor sport and recreation we recognise that many will tempted to go back out on the water and go for paddle.
The Port of London Authority have issued the following notice in line with current Government coronavirus guidance, placing restrictions on movement.
British Canoeing can confirm we have had a report of a confirmed case of Weil's disease around Holme Pierrepont and the River Trent during December 2019. Paddlers are always advised to be vigilant and ensure that they notify their GP should they become ill following paddling.
Palm Equipment have issued a recall notice on the following product: Palm AP2000 helmet product code CH004/10409.
Several incidents have occurred this year resulting in paddlers being swept under work barges on the Tideway. The Port Of London Authority and British Canoeing have issued additional safety advice to paddlers.
Our Safety Alerts are issued from time to time where a specific safety issue or concern has been raised and needs to be communicated to paddlers. View the PLB safety alert here.
Advice on Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis). All water users should be aware of this potentially fatal infection and how to take preventative measures.