5 Items Transport Canada Requires for Paddlers

By Lee Richardson



Before you head out paddling for the first time, make sure you have all of the following items required by Transport Canada:


  1. Personal Floatation Device
  2. a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length
  3. a bailer; (b) a manual bilge pump; or (c) bilge-pumping arrangements
  4. (a) a sound-signalling appliance that meets the requirements of the Collision Regulations, or a sound-signalling device;
  5. (b) if the pleasure craft is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility, navigation lights that meet the requirements of the Collision Regulations; and (c) a magnetic compass



Translated into Canadian English terms :)
  1. Lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device
  2. A Throw Bag with 15 m floating heaving line
  3. A Pump
  4. A Whistle
  5. Light and a Magnetic compass
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If you are new to paddling, check out my PDF of simple tips you need to know before you get started.  Always remember, safety first.  Enjoy your time on the water!

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