Top 5 Kayak Safety Tips for Lake Superior Kayaking Adventures

Duluth has quickly become a world-class paddling destination with a variety of amazing kayaking options on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River. We love getting people on the water to enjoy the scenic beauty of our region and a lot of our guests are first-time paddlers! It’s great because we get to introduce these folks to great kayak skills and tricks for safe, efficient paddling.

It’s a fun and rewarding job to have!

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Kayak Safety is Always Important

Along with the fun comes the responsibility of teaching folks how to be safe on the water. In fact, before we even get out on the water, we run through the basic elements of kayak safety and technique. These lessons are an important part of the overall experience and they really help to instill a sense of appreciation for the sport.

So, I recently came across this video on Paddle TV. It does an excellent job of setting out the Top 5 Kayak Safety Tips and we wanted to share it with our readers. Take a few moments to watch the video below.

Thanks! I’ll see you on the water!

~Dave

Have Fun & Be Safe with These 5 Important Kayak Safety Tips:

  1. Don’t drink and paddle – This one is self explanatory but very important. Lots of folks ask us – because we also provide brewery tours – if our kayak tours involve craft beer. They don’t. The celebratory pint of locally made craft beer is best saved for after the paddling adventure.
  2. Always wear a life jacket on the water – Sometimes folks will ask us if they have to wear a life jacket during our kayak tours. The answer is yes. Not only is it MN state law, but it’s just plain smart. Anyone riding on a personal watercraft must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket – and don’t sweat it… we’ve got all the gear needed for your paddling experience… including the life jackets.
  3. Always dress for the conditions – Watch the weather forecast and plan accordingly. If you’re paddling in cold water conditions you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right clothes – this is especially important if you’re paddling early or late season on Lake Superior. Always make sure to paddle in clam conditions, close to shore, and never paddle alone.
  4. Choose an appropriate paddling location for your skill level – Luckily, there are a lot of great locations to choose from here in Duluth including calm bays and backwaters along the St. Louis River, the big water of Lake Superior, and the Duluth/Superior harbor. We’ve taken beginning paddlers to all of these locations and it’s a great way to challenge yourself while still having a certified kayak guide to help you along the way.
  5. Practice re-entering your kayak from the water – This is a very important skill if you plan to kayak alone or without one of our guides. Luckily, if you’re on one of our tours then we’ve got you covered. All of our guides are skilled in water rescue and can have you back into your kayak very quickly.

These tips will get you started on your way towards becoming a responsible paddler and will enhance your fun on the water. Please check out the Paddle TV video below for more details.

Watch the Kayak Safety Video

This video was produced in partnership between Paddle TV and the American Canoe Association and was originally published on Paddle TV YouTube Station.

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If you’re interested in a fun, guided kayak experience, please visit our Kayak Adventure Page and check out all our great kayak tour options.

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