Kayak & SUP Safety Guidelines

Always wear a flotation device. Norfolk Coastal Paddle Hire will supply all boards and Kayaks with buoyancy aids which we insist you wear for every trip.

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking is not suitable for non-swimmers.

Children and anyone under the age of 18 should always paddle with an adult who is an experienced paddler.

Always fill out a travel plan and leave a copy with someone on land. We have emailed this to you and included several blank plans in the hire’s pack delivered with the boards.

Always take a cautious approach.

The following website is what we would recommend to check the weather, wind speed and direction https://www.xcweather.co.uk With SUP’s you should not plan a coastal trip if the wind is off shore (blowing out to sea) as you could get blown out to sea. With both SUP and kayaks you should pay attention to the tides as a big tide that rips out could be difficult to paddle against. If exploring the coastal creeks you should pay attention to the tides so that you don’t run out of water and become stranded on the marsh.

Always wear appropriate clothing. If it is sunny wear a hat, t-shirt, sunscreen and sun-glasses. If it is cold then wear a wet or dry suit of appropriate thickness. Never wear jeans or any other clothing that can become heavy and a drowning hazard when waterlogged.

Always wear appropriate shoes. Never wear wellington boots or any other shoes that can become weighted when waterlogged.

You should carry a mobile phone with you and this should be kept in a dry bag which can be easily accessed should you get into trouble and need to call for help. If you need to call for help then dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard

If it is sunny you should take water and stay hydrated.

Paddling is an exertion sport so do not under-estimate the energy you will need.  If your trip is long then you should take food in order to keep your energy up.

Always let someone on land know your travel plan; where you will launch, your destination and your expected time of arrival. To assist with this we recommend you download the RYA Safe Trx app which monitors your trip and alerts emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time.

What-ever stretch of water you plan to paddle on, if inland waterways or coastal, always seek local advice from The Broads Authority, RNLI, Harbour Office, Life Guards or Coast Guards.  Seek local knowledge from experienced SUP and kayakers in the area.

Do not paddle in the dark or in busy channels.

SUP: Make sure the board is attached to your leg via the leash so that if you fall off you are able to get back to your board.  You should attached the leash on the paddle to your arm

Kayak: You should attach the leash on your paddle to your arm

Our Kayaks and Paddle Boards have special reflective tape attached to the topsides of them so that if you do get in difficulties it will be easier for rescue services to spot. If you do get into trouble then either paddle to the closest shoreline and, if this is not possible always stay on your board or kayak. Call for help and try to keep as much of your body out of the water as possible.

If you are exploring the creeks locally and have to abandon the board or kayak for some reason, please pull the board out of the water making sure it is high on the bank and make as many mental notes of visual marker within the landscape and contact us straight away so that we can recover the board or kayak. You will be charged £50 per hour for the recovery. If recovery is not possible because the board or kayak is lost, stolen or damaged then you will be charged the full amount for the replacement equipment.

If you are planning a trip to The Broads you should visit this website for more information and for detailed paddle routes for all levels of experience: http://www.visitthebroads.co.uk/discover-the-broads/boating/canoe-kayak-sup

We always check our equipment carefully for defects before and after every hire but if you find any then please let us know as you should never paddle with any defective equipment.

You should always respect nature and the environment.

Do not litter.

Please do not disturb wildlife and fauna and carry a small first aid kit for any scratches and cuts or bites.