Australian Canoeing strongly recommends that no one should use a canoe/kayak in flood water.
- The speed and power of the water can quickly sweep you into danger
- The normal direction and flow of the river may have changed
- A capsize can take you kilometres downstream with little chance of regaining your craft
- Snags like fences, logs and trees can trap you in lethal embrace
- The water may well be a health hazard if ingested
- Snakes and other animals may decide your craft is a dry landing spot
However if it is absolutely necessary, please ensure you do the following first:
- That you have the skills and ability to use the vessel.
- That you wear a life jacket at all times.
- You do a risk assessment of the area before entering the water.
- That you make sure someone knows:
a) What you are about to do; and
b) Where you will be going.
Australian Canoeing wish to remind everyone to have fun, stay safe on the water and follow the PADDLING CODE