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Storm with lightning
  • Prepare the paddlecraft
    • Keep enough speed to maintain headway and steering. Don’t stop and just sit still or float along with the current.
    • Secure any unnecessary gear.
    • If there is lightning, stay clear of metal objects.
    • In a kayak:
      • Close any open hatches.
      • If you have a bilge pump, be prepared to start it if rain water builds up in the boat.
      • If you have a spray skirt, be sure it is secure to keep water out of the boat’s interior.
  • Prepare yourself and others
    • Make sure everyone is wearing a properly secured, USCG–approved life jacket.
    • Have everyone stay low and close to the centerline of the paddlecraft.