Five Things Remember When Paddling In Spring

SPRING! The sun is shining, the water is glistening, the clouds are light and fluffy...some days. It can also be raining and cold, with temperatures swinging unpredictably. 

So here are five important tips for paddling in spring:

1. Dress in layers: Spring weather can be unpredictable, so wear moisture-wicking layers that you can add or remove as needed to stay comfortable.

2. Check water conditions: Spring runoff can lead to higher water levels and faster currents, so check water levels and conditions before heading out to ensure safety. Make sure you are on the look out for underwater obstacles, even if you're familiar with your paddle location.

3. Check your PFD: Now is a good time to check how your PFD is holding up. Is it time for a new one? Do you need a better fit? Have you moved and need a life vest to suit your new paddle spot? Make sure to have a properly fitted life jacket for safety.

4. Be prepared for cold water immersion: Cold water can quickly drain your body heat, so practice self-rescue techniques and know how to respond in case of an accidental immersion.

5. Stay hydrated and nourished: Even in cooler temperatures, paddling can be physically demanding, so bring plenty of water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized during your adventure.