your paddlesports destination

Defensive Boating - Safety Series

Paddling Defensive Boating Infographic

Defensive Boating

Visibility

Never assume that power boat operators can see you. Avoid high traffic areas whenever possible, and proceed with caution when you must cross a channel or busy waterway.

Bright colors

Choose a brightly colored life jacket and clothing that will make it easier for others to see you on the water.

Environment

Be aware of environmental factors like choppy or tall waves, fog or glare that make small water craft more difficult to spot.

Know the rules of the road

  • When meeting another watercraft head on make a right turn (starboard) so that you pass the other water craft on the left (port-side)
  • When being overtaken from behind, hold your course straight so as to not surprise the passing water craft.
  • When navigating in restricted water areas (docks, bridges, etc.), give way to less maneuverable water craft, usually larger boats.

Related Articles & Resources

Essential Gear That All Paddlers Need To Carry on The Water

Learn what you need to remember to grab every time you hit the water no matter if your paddling a canoe, kayak…

Tips For Getting Through Waves

Don't underestimate the power of waves, no matter the size. Here are a few tips to help you navigate waves saf…

How to Train for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

During this video we'll do a quick demo of 8 exercises and lay out a basic training plan for you to improve yo…