Canoe Safety Tips for A Smooth, Enjoyable Ride
Paddling off without understanding basic canoe safety tips is like hiking in jandals and jeans. Sure, you might be fine, but why tempt fate?
A Whanganui River trip is an experience like no other, filled with breathtaking views and adrenaline-pumping action. But you’ll feel more secure in this magical experience if you respect the necessary safety precautions. To ensure you get the most out of your time on the river, follow these safety tips, and you’ll be shipshape.
Plan a Trip Within Your Skill Level
While the call to adventure can be deafening, take a realistic look at your skill level and plan your NZ canoeing trip accordingly before you get too far ahead of yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert with the paddle in hand or wouldn’t know which way to hold it; you should always plan a trip within your skill level. Take a look at the difference between the three day guided journey, the four day guided tour and the Five Day Guided River trip options to see the difference and what will suit your skill, comfort and enjoyment levels more.
Are you looking for a challenge? It’s always safer to put your skills to the test on a guided trip rather than a solo adventure. Having the safety of experienced guides paddling alongside you will ensure your canoeing trip is nothing but smooth sailing. Click here to meet our guides this season!
Make Sure You Have All the Essential Safety Gear
Coming prepared is the most basic canoe safety tip there is, When you book a Whanganui or Rangitikei River Tour with Canoe Safaris you will receive a multi page pre trip information leaflet/PDF with detailed packing lists and extra information to help you plan. Here is a basic look what items to bring on your Whanganui River Adventure, and here is an example of some vital safety equipment you’ll also need on the water:
· Life Jacket: A life jacket is an absolute must for anyone hopping into a canoe. Your jacket should be a snug fit and never leave your body once you’re on the water.
· Whistle: Carrying a whistle with you is a great way to stay safe on the water by letting people know when you need help.
· Communication Device: For longer multi-day trips where you may find yourself out of your group's whistle range, a waterproof communication device may be the lifeline you rely on to avoid potential danger.
· Headlamp: If you’re expecting to be on the water for long periods, a headlamp may be necessary to see where you’re going when visibility drops.
Don’t worry if you’re new to canoeing and don’t have the gear handy. Canoe Safaris provides all the safety gear you require.
Keep an Eye on The Weather
Depending on the time of the year, an important canoe safety tip is to always keep an eye on the weather conditions, river levels and water temperature. Sudden weather changes can turn a peaceful paddle into a flurry of rapids and fast-moving currents. Planning and looking at the forecast can help protect you from unexpected river conditions. Ask the Canoe Safaris Team about the best time of year to come along on a Whanganui Journey.
Set Sail Safely with Canoe Safaris
With these canoe safety tips firmly planted in the back of your mind, you’ll be able to get out and experience nature like never before while remaining safe and sound.
See New Zealand like never before with a guided tour of the Whanganui River with Canoe Safaris. No experience or equipment is needed; you must bring yourself and an adventurous attitude. Give us a ring and book your next adventure today!