Wyoming Boating Safety Course


GENERAL PADDLING SAFETY GUIDELINES

  • Wear a properly fitted PFD and avoid alcohol. Be prepared to enter the water, and know how to swim.
  • Standing up or moving about in a canoe or kayak greatly increases the chance of capsizing.
  • Maintain three points of contact while moving around. (As you move a foot to step forward, you should be holding onto the boat with BOTH hands; then, with both feet down, move one hand at a time). 

  • Keep your shoulders between the gunnels of the boat. When retrieving something from the water, reach with your paddle or guide the boat close to the object.
  • Avoid extreme conditions, which can involve weather, distance from shore, water conditions, and current— including flood water or fast current beyond your skill level.
  • Never paddle alone. There is safety in numbers.
  • Take hands-on training. Paddling instruction will teach you balance, use of stabilizing strokes, safe exit and entry on the water, and rescue and recovery skills.