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.
Kayaking is great fun and one of the most popular boating activities in the UK and Ireland. The number of kayakers and canoeists who get into trouble and need to be rescued has increased significantly over the last few years with the RNLI lifeboats rescuing 181 kayakers last year. Here are some top tips to help you enjoy your kayaking sessions:
- 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 personal flotation device.
- Check the weather and tides.
- 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 and look for coaching sessions run by a British Canoeing or Canoeing Ireland coach.
RNLI lifeboats rescuing 181 kayakers last year. The following film shows how important it is to carry a means of calling for help and keeping within reach.
Whether you use a sea kayak or sit-on-top taking an appropriate means of calling for help and keeping it within reach will ensure the rescue services can get to you quickly. Below is more information on the different means of calling for help.