Paddling is the most enjoyable way to discover nature and waterways wherever you live, whether canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding. The only problem with paddling trips is that they can be challenging to plan and execute.
Anyone who has traveled by sea knows that it can be both an exciting and peaceful way to see the globe. However, a paddling vacation needs a lot of planning, which can be scary for newbies to water activities. So, we will guide you through the choppy waters of paddle board trip planning.
Planning for Safety
When arranging a paddling excursion, safety is first and foremost.
Check your local watercraft restrictions and make sure you have the necessary in your canoe or kayak, such as life jackets, throw bags, and bailers. If you intend on running any whitewater portions, a helmet is also an intelligent choice.
Also, leave a copy of your itinerary with someone, especially if you're going to distant places with little mobile phone service.
Finally, always scout ahead if you're on an unknown river length. Canoeists with a lot of experience can stand up in their canoes, but pulling over to the side and looking around works just as well for the rest of us.
Pre-Planning for A Paddling Trip
Know the waterways you'll be paddling in. River and coastline guidebooks and topographic maps are excellent resources for trip planning. Consider other routes.
Determine the distance and time. Consider rest stops and a lunch break, and take-out points.
What you bring on a journey is everything you need to survive and save yourself. Water, food, maps and charts, emergency tools, and additional clothing are all included.
Make a Float Plan and contact someone who will notify others if you do not return on time.
Paddle to the best of your and your group's ability and constraints.
Water Etiquette and Behavior
Be a good swimmer who can handle themselves underwater, in flowing water, and surfing or current.
Wear a properly fitted lifejacket (Personal Flotation Device - PFD)!
Maintain control of the craft. Enter a rapid only if you are relatively confident you can manage it or swim.
Keep an eye out for risks and avoid them.
Keep an eye out for fog, especially near the shore.
Understand your mental and physical limits.
Members of a group must continually evaluate the conduct of others in their group.
When paddling, respect the rights of anglers and landowners.
Elements To Consider Before Embarking on A Paddling Expedition
The elements are powerful forces to be reckoned with, and we are talking about the following.
Several elements are at work here, but the flow rate is the most important. River levels rise only when flow rates exceed safe paddling levels. When flow rates increase, it's best to travel upstream first when you're fresh and let the river assist you on the way back—fighting it when fatigued might lead to unintended consequences and sore muscles.
Keep in mind that you only have control of your board if you are moving faster or slower than the speed of the water. If you go with the flow, you are handing up control of your board to the water, which will take you anywhere it wants to go.
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