ZenSeekers and Adventure Smart ask you be PaddleSmart

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The safest water adventures are the smartest ones. When you plan to head out, Canada’s authority on playing it right, AdventureSmart reminds you to follow the 3 Ts of safety for any paddling getaway this summer:

1. Trip Plan

2. Train

3. Take Essentials

Canada’s vast coastlines, amazing lakes and winding rivers are a dream to explore by canoe, kayak or raft – but you have to be prepared. Ocean paddling requires knowledge of ocean currents, weather patterns and how to survive a storm. River paddling requires an understanding of the power of the river and the ability to survive a flip in very cold water.

Canoes and kayaks can tip. Wear your lifejacket or PFD at all times. And make sure you have the skills and gear to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at you:

  • Take a safe boating course.

  • Check the weather forecast and be prepared for unexpected changes.

  • Be visible to power-driven vessel operators. Choose bright colours – red, yellow or orange.

  • Keep signalling devices within reach.

  • Stay current on self and assisted rescues.

  • Learn to swim – especially fully clothed. And remember, chilly waters can render you hypothermic in minutes.

  • Learn basic navigation skills and be prepared to signal for help, if necessary.

  • Never paddle alone.

If you Go:

PaddleSmart: This presentation is designed for anyone who wants to paddle a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe. We’ll teach you how to plan your trip, train, learn the essentials for water-based activities. Depending on where you are, you can also learn how to deal with moving water and coastal water. Book your complimentary program today with one of AdventureSmart’s coordinators.

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