When you’re on the water please consider these safety tips:

Even on the flat, calm waters surrounding Castlegar, there are important safety precautions and regulations all paddlers should abide by. Firstly, Transport Canada mandates that, by law, all paddlers, whether in a canoe, raft, kayak or on a SUP must have the following: Keep in mind leash use, is not an alternative to a lifejacket or personal floatation device.

Going for a paddle? Be sure to pack the following:

  • Lifejacket (Canadian approved)
  • Buoyant heaving line min 15m (50′) long
  • Whistle or another sound signally device
  • Always paddle with a friend
  • Tread lightly on the loose rocks, wear proper footwear
  • Pay close attention to water levels – they change quickly
  • Ask the locals paddlers about water levels or hazards
  • Know your gear
  • Know your skills
  • Stay away from logs and other debris
  • Bring water and a dry bag with a first aid kit, snack and a warm layer
  • Leave no trace

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