WORD OF CAUTION
Paddle sports can be very dangerous and physically demanding. The user of this product should understand that participating in paddle sports may involve serious injury or death. Observe the following safety standards whenever using this product. The user of this product acknowledges both an understanding and an assumption of the risk involved in paddle sports.
• Get paddle sport instruction from a licensed or certified instructor.
• Obtain certified first aid and rescue training and carry first aid and rescue equipment.
• Double check the weather forecast just prior to going on the water, and be aware of appropriate river water levels, wind direction and speed, tidal changes, dangerous currents and forecast weather changes. Be particularly aware of offshore winds and currents, that push you away from safety. Never go on the water if the weather forecast is inappropriate.
• Scout unfamiliar waters and portage where appropriate.
• Do not paddle in flood conditions.
• Never paddle or go on the water alone. Always leave a detailed plan with someone you know who is not part of your group. Include: Where you have gone, what you are expected to do, when you are expected back, and what to do if they have no news from you after the designated return time.
• Dress appropriately for weather conditions; cold water and/or cold weather can result in hypothermia. Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature; this may mean wearing a wetsuit or dry suit. Protect yourself from the sun.
• Always wear a nationally-approved personal flotation device (PFD).
• Always wear a helmet where appropriate.
• Check all equipment prior to each use for signs of wear and tear, and potential failure. Do not use if the risk of failure is suspected.
• Never exceed the maximum capacities presented in kayak specifications, or risk the danger of the craft sinking.
• Loading – When loading a kayak with gear, it is important to trim the boat properly. A good guideline to use is the seam of the kayak in relation to the surface of the water- try to keep it fairly level.
• Consult your physician prior to beginning your paddle sport training.
• Do not exceed your paddling ability; be honest with yourself.
• Never go further from shore than you are prepared and able to swim back. Equipment failures can and do occur.
• Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the use of this product. Read this manual and any additional information available on-line.
• You must not use alcohol or mind-altering drugs while or prior to using this product.
• If you have any uncertainty about your swimming or paddling ability, the state of your equipment, the weather and/or water conditions, DO NOT GO ON THE WATER. Seek further advice from a certified instructor, your local dealer and/or the manufacturer, and try again when you are ready.
• Respect nature, the environment, and all other water users.