BASIC SAFETY TIPS
If a vessel is bigger or faster than you are, keep out of its way! Your chance of being hit increases if you’re not seen. Do what you can to be noticed.
BE VISIBLE. Avoid being a target for larger or faster crafts.
BE PREPARED. Avoid being a statistic.
· Wear Brightly-colored Life Jacket. International Orange and bright lemon yellow are probably best in most conditions.
· Use a Paddle with high-visibility blades.
· Wear a whistle. Be sure it works when it’s wet.
· Carry a waterproof flashlight and signal flares. Even if you plan to be in before dark. Wind-up flashlights don’t require batteries.
· Bring Sunblock, Hat, Nylon Jacket and Pants – to protect from weather / temperature extremes.
· Bring Water and Food. Be able to hydrate and nourish yourself. Include extra for unexpected delays.
· Bring your daily prescription meds, and other personal emergency medications in your waterproof bag – Enough for the trip plus 3 days extra. If possible bring a copy of original prescription provided by your doctor.
· Have on your person: Waterproof Personal Picture ID.
· Every canoe should have a fully stocked FIRST AID KIT.
· Every canoe should have a crew with CPR and Cold Water Training experience.
FIRST AID KIT BASICS
Band Aids, butterfly bandages, sterile gauze pads
Ace bandages to wrap sprains
Triangle bandage (for sling or large wound)
Moleskin for blisters
Antiseptic cream – topical pain relief
Antibiotic ointment – kills germs
Iodine, and alcohol pads, Hydrogen peroxide
Sun block lotion and lip balm
After-sun lotion, burn cream
Water purification tablets
Cramp tablets and sore muscle cream
Antacid tablets for upset tummy, and Kaopectate for diarrhea relief
Ibuprofen anti-inflammatory tablets
Bee Sting Kit / Allergy Kit (with Caladryl, Benedryl, tea bags, etc.) CLICK HERE for info
Tweezers and magnifying glass
Safety pins (mix of large, medium and small)
Insect Repellent *
First Aid booklet explaining various emergency treatments
* Listerine or other mint mouth wash is said to be a good bug repellent.
NOTABLE RESOURCE INFO FROM PADDLING.NET
Stretch of Coastline http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat167.html
Temperature enters into the equation http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat210.html
Allergies, Emergencies and First Aid Kits http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?279
You can drown in a farm pond (Staying Alive) http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat13.html
Hubris is a one-way ticket to tragedy http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat79.html
A Weather Eye http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat41.html
Heed your inner voice http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat73.html
A sudden squall http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat91.html
Become an expert http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?32
Outfitting is important: Canoes http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?25
Make a bailer from a milk jug http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat195.html
Rudders too are all but essential http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?33
Topographic Maps http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat6.html
Reliable pocket compass http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat154.html
Batteries have the habit of dying… http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat72.html
Paddlers can never depend on being seen http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat14.html
Light and sound signals help http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat181.html
Required by law on navigable waters http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat93.html
Surplus catalogs http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat205.html
Why You Need Water http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat141.html
That’s what lists are for http://paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat17.html