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RNLI: Stay Safe In Your Kayak

Posted on December 17, 2018 @ 1:04 PM in Canoeing

RNLI Lifeboats has been proactively engaging with to share some basic top tips and kit recommendations to help paddlers stay safe whilst enjoying their paddling experience.

Whilst the RNLI recognises many paddlers undertake plenty of training and ensure they carry all the relevant safety equipment, there has also been a significant increase in more casual users taking up the sport.

In addition to providing further information within this website, CanoeNI will be distributing copies of the ‘RNLI Sea Kayaking Safety Pack’ within all mail ordered copies of the Strangford Lough Canoe Trail Guide.


RNLI Sea Kayaking Safety Pack


How to stay safe

  • Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach: If it can't be reached in an emergency, it's no help.
  • Wear a personal flotation device
  • Check the weather and tides.
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you'll be back.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions and your trip.
  • Get some training: Contact your local canoe club and look for coaching sessions run by Canoe Association of Northern Ireland

Further information is available at


Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

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