Paddle with a partner whenever possible or at least tell someone your paddle route and stick to it.
Wear a leash when you SUP. Always. A leash is the simplest way to stay with your SUP, no matter what happens.
Wear an approved PFD. If you must take it off (and we don’t advise it) ensure it is safely tied to your board and always within reach.
Make sure your PFD has a whistle attached. Sometimes they can fall off and not be noticed by staff. It’s your responsibility to ensure you have what you need. It’s the law.
If you are in a kayak or canoe, also be sure you have a bailing bucket and tow rope.
DO NOT stand up close to shore, obstacles, or waves/boat wakes you are not sure you can navigate. Kneel or sit, not stand, when launching or coming in, and be sure the water is deep enough and obstacle free before standing up. (Obviously, this pertains to paddleboards, never stand up in a canoe or kayak.)
Wear the right apparel for the weather (ie a hat in the heat, a wetsuit if water is cold, etc.)
Take a mobile phone to use in an emergency. They are also great for taking photos and knowing what time to return. Campbellford SUP has floating waterproof pouches for sale, if you don’t have one.
Don’t go out hungry or thirsty. Blood sugar and hydration levels can drop with heat and exercise. Eat before you go, or take a snack and a non disposable water bottle. We have drinking water available and water bottles for sale. We no longer provide free plastic disposable bottles of water because of the number of bottle being left behind in the river.
Listen to and follow staff advice, such as location of hidden obstacles, direction of current or wind, etc. but also be ready for the possibility of something changing. Think ahead about possible risks and what you would do should things go wrong. Be prepared.