Have you ever been in a dangerous situation while doing watersports? If the answer is yes, have a look at our canoeing safety tips in the lower half of this post. First, I would like to mention two general rules that will keep you out of harm’s way, not only in sports: 1. Never underestimate the power of elements. Don’t be cocky, don’t play a hero. If something looks too dangerous, it probably is. 2. Know your body, know your mind, know your spot, know your weather. Accept your limitations and learn to recognise situations in which your decisions are not rational. Be particularly cautious if you’re not familiar with the location and always check the weather forecast. With that being said, let’s move to more concrete and specific canoeing safety tips. The most important rule is: always wear a lifejacket and never come even close to any water reservoirs if you’re under the influence of alcohol. Everyone should get proper training, so if you haven’t taken an on-water course yet, do it on the first possible occasion. Wear appropriate footwear and headwear, use a sunscreen and make sure you take a throw bag, spare paddle, clothes in a dry bag and sufficient amount of snacks and drinking water. Bring along a first aid kit and if also needed a ‘survival kit’: knife, lighter, flashlight, whistle, duct tape, tow rope and Bilge pump. The last, but not least: be a good swimmer! In the end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank two of the greatest sportsmen ever – David Florence and Richard Hounslow. In virtue of their exceptional performance, Great Britain got silver in canoe slalom at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We all wish you many more years of success!
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