Safety First on the Water

Canoeing and kayaking are two of the most relaxing water sports around but it’s important that outdoor recreation enthusiasts take certain safety precautions. Below are a list of rules and regulations for South Carolina paddlers.

  • All paddlers must either wear or have within arms reach an approved TYPE I, II, III, IV, or V Personal Floatation Device (PFD’s) according to the water types and vessels they are paddling.  For more details,  visit the Coast Guard website.
  • All paddlers must have a functioning whistle.
  • It is recommended that paddlers bring along a waterproof case with a fully charged cell phone attached to him or herself throughout the duration of a paddle excursion.
  • As with all outdoor recreation, share with someone when you plan to leave and return and the specific location and body of water you’ll be using.

To learn more about U.S. Coast Guard boating safety, click here.

For details on the state of South Carolina’s boating regulations, click here.

Jeff Atkins, South Carolina Paddlesports Industry Association and Level 5 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor.