There are many other things to look out for while on the water. From animals and plants to hypothermia, a paddler should always have safety in mind.
|Local Animals and Plants||Local Animals and Plants- This applies to whichever region you are paddling in. take the time to check up on what you should look out for in your area. Snakes, bears, snapping turtles, crocodiles, poison ivy, and poison sumac are only a few examples of hazardous fauna and flora found either in specific regions or nationwide.|
|Slick surfaces||As elementary as it sounds, walk, don’t run. Any type of slick or wet surface like mud or wet, algae ridden rocks can contribute to bruises, sprains, and breaks. When you are out in the middle of paddling through your favorite river, a sprained or broken wrist is a serious issue. Phone for help.|
|Weather||Never paddle when lightning or thunder is present. Lightning can strike up to ten miles away from where the actual storm is. If lightning and thunder are present, pull off to the bank of the river, or something similar, and wait for it to pass. Also, be sure to have the appropriate gear for cold weather paddling. Chilly to cold weather or water calls for dry-gear to keep you warm—and safe.|
|Hypothermia||Hypothermia is where the body has become too cooled and body temp drops below 95°F, and can set in even on warm summer days. Chilly and cold water is excellent at draining heat away from a paddler. Hypothermia can be remedied by taking wrapping the afflicted person in blankets—or anything else on hand. The goal is to get the body temperature back up.|