Day Tripping Guide

According to Canadian Coast Guard regulations, there is specific equipment you must have with you in your canoe or kayak, while other items will make your paddle more comfortable and enjoyable. Most of these items can be attached to the canoe, either in a dry bag or with a short rope or bungee cord, but don’t let yourself get tangled!

Must have:
  • Personal floatation device (PFD) for each person - must be worn on club paddles and should be worn any time you're on the water.
  • Paddle for each person - no explanation needed.
  • Spare paddle, or an anchor attached to a 15 metre rope - a backup method of moving the canoe if you lose your paddle. A spare paddle is usually better.
  • 15 metre floating rope - to rescue someone in the water.
  • Bailer - to empty a large amount of water from the canoe, or pump for a kayak.
  • Whistle - to signal other paddlers or get help, if needed.
  • Watertight flashlight.
Should have:
  • Water - at least 1 litre for each person, ideally in reusable containers like Nalgene bottles. On hot days or longer paddles you should have at least 2 litres per person.
  • First Aid Kit in a waterproof bag - hopefully you will not need it, but very useful if someone gets a cut or a scrape.
  • Throw bag - a better way of throwing a rope to someone who needs help.
  • Snack - paddling takes effort, so stopping for a snack boosts your energy and gives you a chance to rest.
  • Hat - protects you from the sun or rain if it has a wide brim, and helps keep you warm on cooler days.
  • Sunscreen - apply before you set out in daytime because there is often very little shade, and the sun's rays reflect off the water so you can get sunburn more quickly.
  • Sunglasses - protect your eyes from the sun's glare off the water to better see obstacles and to help you ‘read’ the current.
  • Bug spray or bug jacket - paddling is more fun when you’re not getting bitten.
Nice to have:
  • Dry bag - a convenient way to keep your gear together and dry.
  • A change of clothes in a waterproof bag - if you get wet you can continue your paddle quite comfortably after changing into dry clothes.
  • Knife - a very useful tool to have on any outdoor activity.
  • Carabineer attached to a short rope with loops at both ends - allows you to quickly attach your dry bag, water bottle, or camera case to the canoe or kayak.
  • Sponge - an easy way to empty a small amount of water from the canoe or kayak.
Trip Planners

Waterloo Wellington Canoe & Kayak Club paddles and events are covered by an insurance policy and the insurance regulations require every participant to sign a Liability Waiver. If you are planning a paddle please download and print the waiver and have all participants sign it before starting the paddle.

After the paddle please send this completed liability waiver and new member fees collected to:
Treasurer – WWCKC
c/o Waterloo Wellington Canoe & Kayak Club
256 King Street North P.O. Box 38003
Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 4T9.
Paul Kostiuk,
May 12, 2015, 7:34 PM