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safety

we have found that everyone has a different level of experience in their ability so we added these videos. So no matter the skill level, a novice or expert paddler take some time to view them. they are here to help keep you safe should you have an incident out on your trip.

please enjoy the videos

this shows a re-entry should you fall out.

again a re-entry

 

getting in at the dock

getting out at the dock

 

tips for using the stand up boards

 

What to do if you fall off the board

 

Paddleboard/SUP techniques

Midstream Rental

Some Safety Guidelines

best practices

  1. Do not attempt to stand while traveling in the kayak.
  2. Do not remove you flotation vest for any reason while in the kayak.
  3. It is best if you do not attempt to reach too far over the sides of the kayak, if you drop something overboard into the water maneuver the kayak as close as possible to retrieve the item while keeping your body weight centered.
  4. During peak active boating times the best practice is to avoid busier boating canals and channels and avoid crossing the rivers entirely. Stay close to the shoreline.
  5. When approaching any dock or beach for the purpose of disembarking the kayak use caution and keep gear stowed away to avoid interference while you exit.
  6. if added to you rental Mirage drive should be in the lock-up position or removed from the hull entirely to avoid damage when in shallow water (you will see the bottom in most cases if the water is shallow) drive must be pulled out while in deeper waters so fins are in straight down position.
  7. Mirage drive should be in the lock up position or removed from the hull entirely to avoid damage while beaching or docking the kayak.
  8. Be respectful of the wildlife while you are kayaking. In the more secluded areas you may surprise some species as the mirage drive operates quietly, they may get spooked by your presence.
  9. Pay attention to your travel while out on the water, the shoreline looks the same from the water especially when you not familiar with the area making it easier to become disoriented.
  10. Keep attention on the weather when you are on the water, things change quickly even with predicted forecasts being favorable. get ashore when bad weather looks imminent
  11. If at any time an emergency should occur, stay with the kayak, it will float, wave your arms to any passing watercraft, they will provide assistance and can call for help, or if no help is available you could try to make it to shore if you are close to land and a good swimmer. A signaling device as simple as a whistle is good to have on the water.
  12. Cross boat wakes and waves at a 45 angle for a smoother & drier ride over them.
  13. kayaks are not permitted in the point pleasant canal.
  14. Grounding of the watercraft is possible, use the paddle to back out. Do not use the pedals if you added them to the rental . paddle backwards into the deeper water you came from. It is best not to get off the craft as it may be muddy and you can sink into the mud.

more good safety info