Sunday, February 8, 2009

Open Ocean Paddling Safety

I saw this on  the Wet Feet Blog and thought it would be good to repost it on here.

With the popularity of open ocean paddling increasing, all paddlers need to practice and communicate to others the importance of open water paddling safety measures. These include:
  • Always paddle with a partner stay within close proximity of on another
  • Always use a leash
  • Carry a cell phone in a waterproof case
  • Carry a whistle
  • Carry water
  • Practice sun protection with sunscreen, a hot or visor, eyewear, and a surf shirt.
Remember if you get in trouble, are falling a lot, or are having difficulty with the wind blowing you where you don't want to go you can always go on your knees & paddle or even prone paddle with your arms.  To prone paddle place the paddle blade under your chest with the shaft facing forwards.

The joys and benefits of distance paddling are boundless for those who have experience a good downwind run.  Lets make sure everyone can experience this without mishap.

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