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Course Outline

To help prevent and prepare for capsizing, swamping, or falling overboard:

  • Ask everyone in the paddlecraft to wear a life jacket at all times.
  • Don’t overload your paddlecraft.
  • Balance the weight of all passengers and gear. Keep most of the weight low.
  • In a boat, keep your body centered with your center of gravity low.
  • Don’t allow people to stand up or move around while underway. If you must move, keep three points of contact with your hands and feet.
  • Don’t go out in rough water or bad weather.
Three people in a canoe
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