SUDBURY -- The combination of warm weather and being cooped up in the house for a long time has many people seeking to spend time outside.

While activities on the water are a great way to cool down, authorities want to make sure you are prepared to avoid tragedy.

Whether you head out on a rigid plastic or inflatable model, these are this is the safety equipment you are expected to bring:

  • Approved personal flotation device/lifejacket
  • Sound-signalling device/whistle
  • 15 metres of buoyant heaving line, unless wearing the lifejacket
  • Navigation lights when using between sunset and sunrise
  • Magnet compass when using beyond sight of seamarks

Paddle Canada says if you don't have the required safety equipment, you could receive a $200-$500 fine.

Stand-up paddleboards have become popular, but they are also relatively new and are not specifically referenced in transport regulations.

Paddleboards are treated the same as other human-powered pleasure crafts such as canoes and kayaks, however, if you are using it to surf or do yoga, you are not required to carry the safety equipment.