My friend always uses this expression. Well it has certainly has been ringing true in 2020. PPE… I am talking about always using and having these items with you when you paddle.
These items are mandatory: leash, pfd, water, and a phone. We all get lazy. But, here are some simple examples of why these items are a must have. True story i was hosting a full moon paddle last January and we should have cancelled due to the excessive wind, but we did not. One paddler was a novice and could not paddle into the wind. I took my leash and attached it to her board then was able to tow her for the paddle then into shore safely. Always have a leash with you.
Life preservers- some places it is mandatory. I require one to be on the board. Suppose you see a person struggling in the water, you can potentially save their life by getting it on the person in trouble- then you are able to get them onto your board safely. Believe me any extra flotation gear will help a person in need. again if someone should have a heat stroke, you will need all the extra PFDs to help them stay afloat until your able to safely manage to get them onto the board or back to a beach or pier safely.
Water- thats just common sense!