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PADDLE SAFETY

Being safe on the water is all about planing ahead and knowing your craft and personal limits, Below you will find some resources that will help.

Paddle Prep has been designed for all paddlers: from those who are new to paddle sports to those that are already hooked on this great lifelong activity.

The objective of Paddle Prep is to provide guidance and education on safety matters to encourage paddlers to develop their skills, knowledge and experience safely while having fun on the water.

On Paddle Prep, you can:

  • Discover ‘top tips’ before going paddling
  • Watch a demonstration of paddle strokes and rescues
  • Search for places to go paddling around Australia
  • Prepare, save and email your trip intentions to a friend
  • Find weather, tides, swell and river levels for your paddling location
  • Research what equipment you may need for your type of paddling
  • Find equipment lists for day and overnight trips
  • Search for national and state paddling and maritime organisations
  • Search for training providers and Paddle Australia Instructors

WEAR A LIFEJACKET

KEEP A LOOK OUT

KNOW YOUR CRAFT AND EQUIPMENT LIMITS

LEARN SOME PADDLING AND RESCUE SKILLS

TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING

CARRY A COMMUNICATION DEVICE

CHECK THE WEATHER, TIDES AND RIVER LEVELS

TAKE ADEQUATE FOOD AND WATER

PADDLE WITH A FRIEND

KNOW YOUR PERSONAL LIMITS

DRESS FOR THE CONDITIONS AND FORECAST

These guidelines provide the minimum requirements for the safe conduct of Recreational Paddling activities. This document gives a guideline to help operate a safe fun paddling activity. All Leaders are responsible to ensure that they undertake a thorough risk assessment prior to activities to ensure that additional requirements are considered and if required undertaken.