Safe Paddling Guidelines:
You are required by Irish law to wear a 50 Newton CE/ISO certified buoyancy aid while Canoeing. Make sure your buoyancy aid is in good condition and the correct fit.
You should wear a helmet when Canoeing in moving water, inland or coastal. Ensure your helmet is CE or ISO approved for Canoeing and that it fits correctly and protects the temples and back of your head.
How to become a safer paddler
- Be proficient in rescue techniques appropriate for the activity being undertaken and practice these techniques regularly. Learn to recognize hazards on the water.
- You can improve your safety on the water by attending an accredited safety and rescue training course.
- Assist anyone you see who is getting into or already in trouble.
- Be aware that conditions change and new hazards can occur between trips. Be continually aware of the hazards associated with the environment in which you are paddling.
- Think carefully about the suitability of your kayak / canoe for the particular conditions you are paddling. Know the design strengths and limitations of your kayak / canoe.
- Check river flows and weather forecasts and be prepared to change plans when taken into consideration the following;
- Wind speed
- Wind direction especially offshore winds
- Tidal flows
- Water levels and any moving water inland or Coastal
- Avoid injury by stretching, warming up, staying fit and developing good paddling techniques.
- Riverestuaries can look placid but may be subject to strong rip currents extending considerable distance out to sea. Local knowledge should be sought and caution exercised against hazards caused by rapid “drying out” of mud flats which may cause difficulties.
- White Water Rivers are generally graded at medium levels. By their very nature, such grading systems are subjective and may change suddenly with fluctuating river levels.
- Careful consideration should be given to the dangers associated with polluted or contaminated water and be aware of the dangers of Blue/Green Algae and the causes and early symptoms of Weil’s Disease
Additional Safety Information –
Liffey River Levels (Dam Releases)
Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease)
Sea Kayak Safety Briefing
Risk Assessment Forms
Please fill in the forms below for your specific event or competition. Forms should be emailed in to firstname.lastname@example.org at a minimum of two weeks before the event to allow time for process.
Inland Event Risk Assessment Form
Coastal Event Risk Assessment Form
Pool Event Risk Assessment Form
NOTE: Forms are to be completed by all Clubs and Committees before each event.