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Boarding a canoe from shore

Before departing, a small boat operator prepares for safety by doing the following.

  • Practice reboarding your craft in the water with the help of a companion.
  • Dress properly for the weather and type of boating. Be prepared for unintended water entry.
  • Check your craft for leaks.
  • Map a general route and timetable when embarking on a long trip. Arrange for your vehicles to be shuttled to the takeout point.
  • Know the weather conditions before you head out. While out, watch the weather and stay close to shore. Head for shore if the waves increase.