Regardless of where you plan to paddle, or in what type of paddle craft, there are important skills that you need to learn, practice, and be prepared to perform. When paddling, capsizes do occur and do not constitute an emergency if the paddlers are prepared as they should be. In the photo above, both paddlers are wearing life jackets (PFDs), are dressed for immersion in the colder water temperatures of Lake Michigan, and are using appropriate sea kayaks that can be emptied of water and re-entered quickly without having to take the boats to shore.
If you are unsure of what your current level of safety preparedness is, read the following pamphlet from the American Canoe Association. If you still have questions, please contact PaddleSafely.com to find the answers you need to stay safe on the water.
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