Paddlesports safety

Get ready for adventure! Washington offers diverse waterways—perfect for paddlesports. 

Before you head out, do you know what equipment you're required to carry by law or how certain water conditions may affect your ability to control the vessel?

Whether you kayak, canoe, go whitewater rafting or do yoga on a stand up paddle board, you need to know the laws and basics of boating safety. If you can't find a local paddlesports club offering a class, then try an online course. 

  1. Online safety course
  2. Mobile app
  3. Paddlesports clubs
  4. Ordinances or restrictions
  5. Tips & Tricks

No matter what – we recommend everyone take a safety course before paddling.The following two online courses are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, a nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. The paddlesports safety courses cover the laws and basics for your adventures on the water, a must for anyone looking to start paddling or refresh their knowledge. 

To get more information about paddlesports, the American Canoe Association (ACA) has material and videos on their website. For example, to learn how to use a stand up paddle board (SUP) correctly, watch the ACA's SUP video.

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