be visible

Make sure you can be seen on the water. Even in bright, calm conditions a canoe or kayak can be nearly invisible. It is especially difficult for power vessel operators riding high in the water to see these vessels. Choose bright colours such as red, yellow, or orange for your vessel and also for your flotation device. In addition, remember to keep signalling devices within hand’s reach in case of emergency.


Sea kayakers should be aware of their environment (water temperatures, tides, currents, wind, and maritime traffic) at all times.

never paddle alone

Most drowning victims were found boating alone. Always swim and boat with a buddy.