Canoeing is a great outdoor activity for all family members. Before heading out on the water, there are some important tips that you should follow to keep yourself and your children safe at all times.
Here are a few safety tips to follow if you plan on canoeing with your little ones this summer:
Make Sure Your Child Is Wearing a Life Jacket
Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when canoeing. Everyone in the boat should be wearing an appropriately sized life jacket, just in case the unexpected happens. Never purchase a life jacket that your child can “grow into.” Make sure that the life jacket fits, supports their body weight, and will keep their head above the water.
Check the Weather Before Heading Out
Before you head out on the water, you should always check the local weather. If there are any signs of a storm or high winds, you should avoid taking your little ones out. Canoeing in these weather conditions can lead to large waves and choppy waters. Although these waters can sometimes be manageable, you should never risk taking your child out in these conditions.
Know Your Abilities
If you are still new to paddling, it may not be the best idea to bring your kids out with you. Your ability to keep your kids safe all goes back to you being able to control the boat. If you’re new to paddling, this isn’t the time to take your kids out on the water. Wait until you feel more comfortable.
Give Your Kids a Comfortable Spot
Seat your kids in a comfortable spot where you can keep an eye on them. A great place would be at the canoe’s bow, or if you have another passenger, you can sit your child in front of them! You can even show your child how to use a canoe paddle and encourage them to put the paddle in the water.
Plan a Canoeing Trip at Mattice Lake Outfitters
Canoeing is a safe activity for all members of the family to partake in. Always remember to keep these safety tips in mind before you head out on the water with your little ones! When you’re ready to plan a canoeing trip in the Northwestern Ontario area, choose Mattice Lake Outfitters! Give us a call at 1-800-411-0334 to learn more.