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While there are a lot of safety tips available for motor boats and power boats, you don’t see a lot in the way of advice for canoes and kayaks. At the NH Hole in the Wall, our Wolfeboro boat rentals include canoes and kayaks, as well as kypad paddleboards. If you want to get out on the water using one of these fun and exciting boats, make sure you know the “rules of the road” and take time to learn safety skills that you can use on Lake Winnipesaukee. Recreational water sports of all kinds occur on these waters, including high-speed water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. If you are out there on a canoe or a kayak, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for these faster vessels.
Why Choose Canoes and Kayaks?
In America and all around the globe, canoes and kayaks are a popular means of transportation and recreation. Unfortunately, because these boats often share the waterways with motor boats and other high-speed vessels, they can be vulnerable to accidents. It is difficult to change course quickly with a canoe, kayak or even a row boat, so it pays to be alert and to take precautions whenever you operate one of these human-powered boats on the lake. The most common accidents include falling overboard or capsizing, so it is in your best interest to learn what to do in that type of situation.
Tip #1 – Wear a PFD
The term “PFD” stands for personal flotation device, and it is something that anyone out on the water should wear. Sure they are bulky and, in the summer sun, they can feel hot and uncomfortable, but a PFD could possibly save your life. There are a few different varieties, and we carry a wide range of options alongside our Wolfeboro boat rentals at the NH Hole in the Wall. Life vests are an essential piece of equipment regardless of the type of recreational water sports you plan to participate in during your stay. Make sure to put PFD at the top of your list for the best safe boating tips in Wolfeboro.
Tip #2 – Create a Float Plan
Whenever you go out on the water in a canoe or kayak, make sure to tell someone where you will be going and when you are expected to return. Your float plan should include the primary destination of your trip, as well as any stopping points or activities in between. That way, if something were to happen to you and you didn’t come back at the agreed upon time, your friend or family member would be able to send help and find you out on the lake. A lot of people don’t realize just how massive Lake Winnipesaukee is until they get lost out on it. Many first-time visitors and boaters get lost each year.
Tip #3 – GPS and Area Map
Since so many boaters do get lost, it is a good idea to have a GPS and area map of the lake just in case. Your cell phone might not work in all areas of the lake, so don’t rely solely on this technology. When you come in for fishing tackle rentals and safety gear at the NH Hole in the Wall, be sure to ask about area maps and GPS options. Our team can help you with safe boating tips in Wolfeboro designed to help you maximize both safety and fun!
Tip #4 – Take a Safety Course
While not required by law for operators of human-powered boats or motor boats with 25 HP or less, a basic boating safety course is a good idea for anyone who plans to get out on the water. Understanding your limitations and abilities with regard to boating can help you decide to take a solid safety course that could save your life. If you have never been on a boat before, don’t be afraid to admit it. If you haven’t been out on the water for many years, fess up to that as well. Being open and honest about your abilities and lack thereof is the smartest thing you can do in any situation.
Tip #5 – Watch the Weather
You should also pay attention to the local weather forecast and avoid situations that could be potentially dangerous. High winds, heavy rains, and other extreme weather could put you in a hazardous situation. Debris can become a problem in bad weather, including floating debris on the surface of the water, debris that is suspended just under the surface, and debris that is on the bottom – all of which could become a danger to canoes, kayaks, and all other types of vessels.
Ready to Get Out on the Water?
Make sure to secure Wolfeboro boat rentals ahead of your visit, especially if you will be arriving during the busy season. Recreational water sports and fishing are some of the most popular activities at Lake Winnipesaukee, so plan accordingly. Take time to read more safe boating tips in Wolfeboro and stop by the NH Hole in the Wall for live bait, lures, and fishing tackle rentals during your stay. You can reach us by phone at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) or use our handy online contact form to reach one of our team members via email.