Useful Information

RNLI Safety Advice

RNLI Lifeboats has been proactively engaging with to share some basic top tips and kit recommendations to help paddlers stay safe whilst enjoying their paddling experience.

Whilst the RNLI recognises many paddlers undertake plenty of training and ensure they carry all the relevant safety equipment, there has also been a significant increase in more casual users taking up the sport.

How to stay safe

  • 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 Canoe Association of Northern Ireland

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