Safety at sea

In order to have a safe trip out at sea, it is important that you plan carefully.

Safety at sea

Safety at sea

In order to have a safe trip out at sea, it is important that you plan carefully. Make sure you check the maritime weather forecast, plan your route and check that you and everyone with you wears a lifejacket at all times.

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What to think about before venturing out kayaking or boating

Boating, kayaking or canoeing in the High Coast Archipelago is a fantastic experience. There are lots of beautiful islands just waiting to be discovered. In order to have a safe trip out at sea, it is important that you plan carefully. Make sure you check the maritime weather forecast, plan your route, have your mobile phone with you at all times and check that you and everyone with you always wears a lifejacket. Don’t hesitate to contact the High Coast Tourism Service or any of the companies in the region that rent out equipment for tips and advice before you set off on your adventure.

Remember

  • Check the maritime weather forecast and keep an eye out for changes in the weather.
  • Plan your route carefully and make sure you have time to get where you are going before dark, unless you are prepared and experienced to be out at sea after nightfall.
  • Don’t forget your mobile phone and store it in a waterproof plastic case. Having it handy means you will be able to easily inform people of any changes in plans or call for help if you need it.
  • Make sure that you and the people with you always wear your lifejacket.
  • Plan your trip according to your skill level and prior experience.
  • Ask one of our local rental companies or the High Coast Tourism Service for current advice before you set off.
MARITIME WEATHER FORECAST

Make sure you have checked the maritime weather forecast carefully so you know about the weather report, wind direction and any changes that are expected. Check SMHI Sjörapporten for current local information.

Kayaking and canoeing

Sea kayaking or canoeing safely is demanding at best. Being knowledgeable and able to judge situations is the most important factor that will make your outing safe. You also need to have emergency equipment with you and be able to use it in an emergency situation. The third important factor is your ability to assess situations affected by weather, water, and other vessels at sea. If you are able to manage these factors you have a better chance of a safe trip for both yourself and those with you. But be aware that this does not mean there are any guarantees that things will go smoothly. You need to have a lot of experience of difficult conditions before you can manage risky situations.

 

Tips for a safe kayaking trip 

  • Choose a route where you avoid dangerous conditions. Waves, wind, strong currents can all put you in difficult situations.Kolla väderprognosen och var uppmärksam på väderomslag.
  • Check the maritime weather forecast and be aware of changes in the weather.
  • Plan your route so you manage to get to where you are going before dark.
  • Take breaks and make sure you can change your route if you need to cut your trip short.
  • Never go out alone.
  • Be knowledgeable about how to save yourself and how to save others.
  • Make sure you let people know where you are going and the route you are taking, as well as when you are leaving and when you expect to be back.
Equipment
  • Mobile phone. Pack it in a waterproof case, even on short trips. It can save your life, and the lives of others.
  • Life jacket. Make sure it fits well and has reflectors.
  • Clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Protect yourself against water and wind, even if you happen to capsize.
  • Extra clothing. Pack a complete set of clothes you can wear in case you do capsize.
  • Water and food. Pack a little extra so you have a good supply of energy if you should need it.
  • First aid kit.

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