Pre trip checklist

Before going on any trip, it’s a good idea to run through these “10 commandments” compiled by the instructors at Kayak & Canoe Inc.

  1. Check the weather forecast, in particular wind strength and direction and the likely impact of this on your plans.
  2. If paddling in a tidal area, check the time and height of the tide and the subsequent tidal effect.
  3. Work out how fast and how far you can paddle given the weather conditions and tidal situation.
  4. Make sure that you have suitable equipment for the trip that’s in working condition.
  5. Wear suitable clothing for the condition and be prepared for the possibility of taking an unexpected dip.
  6. Pack a simple first aid kit to cope with such things as cuts, sprains, and headaches. Include any personal medications.
  7. Take plenty of water and food, plus a spare bottle of water.
  8. Make sure that you have the necessary paddling skills. This includes knowing what to do if you happen to capsize.
  9. Get some friends to go with you. There is safety in numbers.
  10. Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.

Pre trip checklist