In combination with good skills and good judgment, the right equipment can enhance your safety on the water.
You may need to carry both short and long-range signals, to bring immediate help from someone nearby or to reach organized rescue personal via radio or satellite.
Many paddling skills are best learned through expert, hands-on instruction and practice. The techniques below are happy exceptions. They're easy to do, and they can make a huge difference to your stability and safety in a canoe.
Mandatory Kayak and Canoe Safety Equipment. In waters under Canadian Coast Guard jurisdiction, canoes and kayaks up to six meters long are now required to carry a number of items including a Canadian-approved PFD. Other items are listed here.
Whether you're canoeing, touring, recreational kayaking, or whitewater paddling, we recommend augmenting your essential safety gear with some extra items.
Select a PFD that fits well, provides adequate buoyancy, and is suited to the type of paddling that you do.