Paddling is fun but conditions can change in an instant and there are many dangers associated with the water. If your a kayaker or paddle boarder you need to hear this. Winds even on the lake can pick up out of nowhere. Its best to check all weather conditions before paddling out. Don't just look at whats happening now but check the hourly forecast, and check it often as conditions can change. If your paddling a recreational kayak winds and waves are not your friend without a skirt on your kayak water can flood your boat and capsize. If your not wearing your lifejacket and it is just in your boat, it can easily get away from you at the worst times. Often the current and the winds will push your boat away from you, faster than you can catch it. Always carry a whistle as well on your pfd. If you own a paddle board you should own a leash. Your leash will keep you attached to your board and you could easily pull your board back to you. Paddle boarders are also required to have a lifejacket and if your in open water you should wear it.
Another danger on the water is a riptide. It can pull you out away from shore. If you find yourself in one, swim parallel to shore until your outside of the riptide current and can swim safely back to shore. If your a beginner look to go out with people who are more experienced than you. Listen to your instincts, and if in doubt don't go out!
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