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Madison Kayaking Meetup Group Message Board › Water Safety and links to informational websites

Water Safety and links to informational websites

Madison, WI
Post #: 13
If you plan to paddle in April or late October, you should take precaution for cold water.

Ideally, you should have a wet suit. But if you don't, here are some tips that will help you stay safer in case you should tip over.
1. Always wear a life jacket when on the water. It will help
with cold shock if you go in.
2. Don't wear anything cotton. Wear wool, or poly pro. It
insulated when wet.
3. Have warm dry clothes along in a bag that will keep them
dry. (in a garbage bag, inside another garbage bag works
4. Have a buddy to paddle with.

Assistant organizers who are leading paddel events should carry the following essentials:
1. safety kit-
2. cell phone in water proof container
3. tow rope
4. List of names of people in your group. Especially if it is a large group.

For real time river flow data go to: http://waterdata.usgs...­

Here is a web site that has links to other informational web sites:


If you want to educate yourself on more aspects of paddlesport - and safety issues - the American Canoe Association is a wonderful resource.

Go to this site - http://www.americanca...­
scroll down - you can download many of the brochures. At the very bottom are introductory brochures especially the LEARN TO PADDLE - you can download it and print it out.

The website has many resources - they have a Dam Safety Video, safety hints for rivers and Lake Michigan, a list of Illinois Clubs and a lot more.

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