Utah Boating Safety Course


Canoeists and kayakers are boaters too, and they need to follow safe boating practices. A significant portion of fatal capsizes result from occupant movement.

A study of paddle sport accident statistics from 1995 to 2000 identifies problem areas that offer the greatest opportunities to reduce canoe and kayak fatalities:

  • 75% of all fatalities examined were associated with canoeing rather than kayaking.
  • 83% of all canoeing-related fatality victims were not wearing a PFD at the time of the accident.
  • Weight shift played a major role in roughly 50% of all canoeing accidents.
  • Approximately 50% of victims in fatal canoe and kayak accidents were fishing at the time of the accident.
  • At least 25% of victims in fatal canoeing accidents are believed to have consumed alcohol immediately before the accident.