I have a canoe, what should I do now?
Your State association is your best first call. They will beable to determine the type of paddling that you enjoy and direct you to the club that best suits your needs. Local clubs will often have days when you can come and try canoeing for little or no cost. They will also have experienced members who will be able to talk to you about the different aspects of canoeing and maybe even give you a few pointers on your technique. You can search for you local club here or you can contact your State Body who will be able to put you in touch with a club that meets your requirements.
Choosing a Boat or Paddle
Wear a lifejacket
Tell someone where you are going
Paddle with a friend
Keep a look out
Carry a communication device
Know your personal limits
Know your craft and equipment limits
Check the weather, tides and river levels
Dress for the conditions and forecast
Learn some paddling and rescue skills
Take adequate food and water