Headed out on a paddleboard? Here is what you need to know
Two kegs of beer weighing roughly 70 pounds each were strapped to a paddleboard and taken down the Courtenay River to Royston in a fundraiser created by local doctor Brad Harris. May 6, 2016. (CTV Vancouver Island)
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.