Whether you’re traveling by a large boat or canoe, you should always be prepared to be out on the water. To ensure safety out on the water, create a boating safety kit that you can easily carry with you and rely on in case of an emergency. If you don’t know where to start, that’s alright! There are already some pre-made starter kits for sale. However, even a purchased started kit should still be added to.
Here are some of the things you don’t want to leave the land without:
Life Jackets or a Wearable Personal Flotation Device
When you’re on board, there should always be a life jacket available for each passenger. Children under 12 should always be wearing a personal flotation device when they’re out on the water. Anyone on board who has a difficult time swimming will need a well-fitting jacket while on the water too. The waters can be unpredictable, so it’s always best to be safe than sorry.
Carry a Throwable Flotation Device on Your Boat
Because the waters are unpredictable, your boat needs to have access to a throwable flotation device. Always research to make sure that you have the recommended type of floating device for the waters that you’re going to be on. Typically, this can be a cushion or a ring buoy. Although usually one flotation device is required, it could never hurt to have more than one on board.
Visual Distress Signals for Boating
Visual signals can be used during an emergency both during the day or at night. Any boat under 16 feet is required to have some form of nighttime signals or flares. Even if you aren’t required to carry a visual distress signal, they should always be included in your kit.
Sound Signaling Devices
Like visual distress signals, sound signaling devices can also attract help during the day and at night. If visibility is low, sound signaling devices will work effectively. Carry a portable or fixed horn/whistle as a sound-generator for your boat.
Medical Kits for Boats
You should always carry a portable medical kit for the basic, cut, scrape, or seasickness. You can choose what you want in your kit, but some helpful things to start with are bandages, appropriate medications, and gels, or ointments.
What to Pack for a Canoeing Trip?
Because you’ll be canoeing in safe waters at Mattice Lake Outfitters, it’s up to your discretion as to what you want to pack on your trip! If you have any questions, give out professionals a call at 1-800-411-0334, and they’ll give you their best advice.