Water crafts include canoes and kayaks. Choose the one that’s right for you so you and your family can get the most out of your water adventures.
Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
You should always use a PFD when in or around the water. You can purchase ones specifically designed for use with pleasure water craft. It is recommended that you choose a brightly coloured PFD for visibility in the water. Be sure to measure well and try the PFD on before buying. You should be able to sit in it comfortably. Your PFD is too big if you can pull it over your ears, and too small if you cannot fasten all buckles and straps
First Aid and Safety Items
It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit on board your water craft in case of bumps or scrapes. You should also have helmets for kayaking if you will be navigating rougher waters.
Consider weight, price and durability. There are lots of different paddles but you want to make sure you choose one that is the right size and fit. An inefficient paddle will make your water journeys more strenuous. For canoeing you will need single bladed paddles, whereas for kayaking you will require a double-bladed version.
If you are doing serious kayaking you should consider getting a spray skirt to keep you and your gear dry in case of capsizing. They come in a wide variety of sizes and materials.