Everyone wants to have fun on the water. The important thing to remember is staying safe while having fun. Canoe & Kayak teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to develop a series of water safety skills and tips to times fun and danger free.

Message from the Coast Guard: Put a sticker on it

Don’t leave these guys hanging

How To…Avoid Getting Run Over By a Boat

Making sure the bigger boats know you’re there

Dress for Immersion

Always dress for the WATER temperature

The River Doesn’t Love You

Suit up for cold water. Your life depends on it.

“Wear Your PFD,” Sea Kayak ‘Elitists’ Urge

ACA instructor Jeff Herman wants to save your life.

The Shark Survivors Club

Nobody wants to join, but it’s better than the alternative

Safety First, Then Paddle

10 tips for stand up paddleboarding safely

SUP Safety Basics

Having fun is important, but doing it safely should be priority one.

Spreading SUP Safety with the Academy of SUP Instruction

As standup paddling has exploded in popularity, the number of new enthusiasts and instructors eager to teach has also grown.

Rules of the Road

When paddling down a major river or by the bay, knowing how to interact with the ships can be confusing and downright scary. The Rules of the Road insight into how people in all vessels can share the waterways safely.

Mayday Mayday Mayday

Things don’t always go as planned. In the event that a day of fun and adventure takes a turn for the worse, having an emergency signal kit and knowing how to use a marine-band radio can keep a bad situation from turning into a dangerous one.

New York Paddlesport Safety

Here are a few very important notes to ensure a safe time on the water.

Help the Coast Guard Help You

Here are some tips to remain calm and make rescue easy and quick.

Learning the ropes, with Jim Coffey

Episode 4: Rescue for River Runners

Safe Swimming

Episode 3: Rescue for River Runners

Tip Sheet

Tricks of the trade to increase your enjoyment on the water

Identifying Quality LED Lights For Kayaks

Installing LED light strips on kayaks is a growing trend.

Jim Sammons Says, No PFD, No Publicity

Wear your PFD, or stay out of the spotlight. 

Caught On Film: Testing The MTI Helios Inflatable PFD

You’ve always wondered what would happen if you pulled the yellow trigger tab on an inflatable PFD, haven’t you?

Cooler: The Extrasport Eon Angler PFD

Cool is a rule. At least it should be.

Skills: Flip Rescue with Nikki Gregg

Standup paddling is pure fun. That is, until it isn’t, when someone gets injured or finds themselves in an emergency situation.