The most important thing when kayaking is that you can do it as safely as

possible. Being in a kayak at sea involves certain risks, but with the right

approach and with planning, you can minimize these risks and thereby maximize

the experience. Always check the kayak before launching it. If it has any damage that can

affect the buoyancy, you should not paddle with the kayak. If you rent a kayak

from us at ArcAdventure, we check and replace our kayaks regularly. Of course, you always wear a life jacket when paddling. Keep in mind that a

life jacket for kayaking is only a life jacket, and not a life jacket.

This means that you must be conscious and able to swim.

Risks with kayaking

It can be good to have thought in advance about the risks that exist and how
to act if something goes wrong. To help our guests with this, we have
compiled the greatest risks to consider when paddling. 

  •  Get lost 
  • Get in the water and get wet / cold 
  • Drowning 
  • Trauma (collision with a boat or similar 
  • Sunburn
  •  Fatigue / dehydration

The best way to minimize the risks is to never paddle yourself.

Here is a summary in point form about what to think about to get as safe paddling as possible.

  • Waterproof mobile phone that works to make calls from lying in the water.
  • Extra clothes waterproof packed
  • Something to eat and drink
  • Clothes adapted to the environment and weather
  • Equipment to create good visibility for others (lamps, reflectors, colorful clothes)
  • Map / Chart and compass
  • Company
  • First aid kit

By having at least two canoes on the water, the opportunity to save comrades

is created. One person may sound the alarm if the other person suffers from

a sudden illness.


Talk about where you are going and when you will be back for relatives,

the club or the canoe center. Have good communication in the group and look after each other.

Paddle together so that the communication chain between the first and last

person is close.


Check the weather forecast and be prepared for rapid weather changes Adjust the tour according to weather, temperatures and wind Choose a trip according to ability and conditions, plan with breaks and

have a reserve plan where you can take yourself to safety if needed.


Experience and knowledge of the environment you are in and the equipment

you use. Knowing from experience that you have the margin on your side in

expected conditions. Be able to carry out self-rescue and peer rescue in

prevailing conditions


Rescue is about dealing with incidents that have occurred, think about how you prioritize before you start your rescue operation. 

The general recommendation for prioritization is: 


The group 

The distressed 


Another rule of thumb for incidents so as not to put yourself in a dangerous situation and create some time to plan is STOP which stands for: 

 S: Stay 

T: Think 

O: Observe

P: Plan 

 Always evaluate your own skills in rescue technology, practice your shortcomings and adapt the trip accordingly. Take the opportunity and practice peer rescue and self-rescue in the conditions in which you usually or should move. If you need help or inspiration, you can apply to an association or approved canoe center that often arranges courses and training opportunities in this. Action plan in the event of a serious accident: 

 To be able to handle an accident, it is good to work strategically. Think like this if you end up in such a situation: Dispose of in accordance with L ABCDE (first aid) Those with the most medical knowledge handle the accident. However, do not forget to handle the others in the group Contact SOS via 112 If necessary, set up emergency camps Collaborate with rescue resources and start from the injured person's best interests.