Lifejacket ( PFD ): Correctly sized and
fitted and in good repair, worn over all
other clothing while on or near moving
Paddling helmet: Securely fitted,
approved paddling design, worn at all
times while paddling on moving water.
Throw rope: 15 - 20 metres of floating
rope without knots or loops, in a throw
bag, available at most paddle sport retailers.
Safety whistle: Plastic pea-less design
attached to the lifejacket with a short
lanyard. Used to attract attention.
FOX - 40 whistle is a good option.
Satellite phone: Carry fully charged
in secure waterproof drybag. Ideal
for remote areas with little to no
mobile service coverage.
Food and drink: Energy snacks,
chocolate bars, water and a flask of hot
drink. No alcohol. If on multi-day trips,
make sure you have adequate foods &
water for the duration of your trip.
Paddling group: Never paddle alone. Form small,
mutually supportive paddling groups. Keep each other
in sight without overcrowding. Keep sight of the person
behind, stopping if necessary. Place less skilled paddlers
in the middle of the group. Do regular head counts, never
leave anyone behind.
Leader: Sets the pace and keeps the group together.
Stop and look for options by walking along the bank if a
safe route isn’t obvious. If in doubt; don’t!
Signals: Have an agreed system of signalling that the
group understands: stop; go left; go right; all clear; and
Downstream ‘V’: Generally the easiest way through a rapid.
Upstream ‘V’: Indicates a shallow
hazard to avoid.
Avoid floating or submerged logs, branches & bushes.
Avoid these. They act like recirculating washing machines.