Paddling is fun, but you have to ensure safety all the time to make it more enjoyable.
Here are the ways on how to get this done:
1. Do the activity with a partner.
Paddling is more fun when you do it with a teammate. Tag along with a loved one or friend. Aside from keeping you company, you will also feel more at ease, especially when you experience anything awry during the activity.
2. Tell a friend or family member about your plans.
You must tell someone first that you will go paddling so that they can check on you, or they can alert the authorities if ever you did not come back as expected or the weather suddenly went terrible while you were out in the waters.
3. Stay hydrated.
Make sure you have water bottles within easy reach. You will need to drink lots of water since you’ll be out there without any shade, and you’ll be engaged in a tiring physical activity.
4. Learn how to save your strength.
Avoid sprinting when paddling. Practice using your whole torso with every stroke. This way, the strains on your arms will get distributed to your stomach muscles, shoulders, and back.
5. Bring the right gears.
You never know what will happen once you leave the grounds. Make sure to pack extra clothes, a first-aid kit, bilge pump, break-down paddle, and PFD.
6. Learn about the route you’re taking.
You have to bring a map and compass and know beforehand the landmarks you must look out for. Even when paddling with a guide, it is best to be prepared if you get separated from them.