Thank you for your commitment and compassion to our residents and their families. We hope you enjoy the use of the boats.
Tips for Paddle boarding and Kayaking:
- Wear a life jacket! – More than 90% of boat fatalities related to drowning involve victims not wearing life jackets. You need one for your safety. You also need one because Wisconsin law, as well as U.S. Coast Guard law, treats paddleboards the same as kayaks and canoes. This means there must be a personal flotation device for each person on board. However, the best way to obey this law and to ensure your safety is to just wear the life jacket.
- Carry a whistle
- Be a competent swimmer
- Know how to self-rescue
- Know how to tow another board/ kayak
- Know the local regulations and navigation rules
- Understand the elements and hazards – winds, tidal ranges, current, terrain
- Know when to wear a leash when paddle boarding
- Be defensive – don’t go where you aren’t supposed to be and avoid other swimmers, boaters, paddleboards
- Use proper blade angle to be the most efficient paddler
First time trying a kayak or paddleboard? Check out this Free paddle safety course!