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Safety Gear

A PFD (Personal Floatation Device) is a mandatory requirement when kayaking in most waters around Australia - there are some states where the legislation does not mandate it but we recommend you always paddle wearing a correctly fitted PFD.

Studies show that wearing a PFD can increase your chances of survival greatly. The PFD alone is not going to save your life. A great understanding of weather interpretation, wearing the correct clothing, a good understanding of the basic essential strokes, self and assisted rescues is the key to enjoying water sports safely.

  • Always wear your life jacket
  • Let someone know before you go
  • Be aware of your own limitations / capabilities and those of your paddle buddy and the limitations of your kayak. Practise getting back on /in you craft.
  • Always check the weather forecast (from the BOM) and know how to interpret it for the on-water conditions of the area you are paddling
  • Carry your phone in a waterproof case (Aquapac)
  • Undertake training with a qualified instructor