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Extract from the the NSW Roads and Maritime website:
Lifejackets (Personal Floatation Devices or PFDs) must be worn when paddling at most times on all waters, regardless of your distance from the shore.
For full details of the lifejacket wearing requirements, go to - Lifejackets.
More information is on the NSW Roads and Maritime website about a variety of relevant subjects including:
Other safety information and suggestions for paddling locations are available under Useful Links on the Australis web site:
Canoe Tasmania presents 7 Videos on Basic Skills & Safety for Kayaking with 3 times Wildwater World Cup Medalist, Dan Hall.
We thank Canoe Tasmania for allowing us to share this information.
In order the videos show and explain:
NSW Sea Kayak Club
This is a club with a focus on sea kayaking and developing the skills for safe open water paddling.
Visit the NSW Sea Kayak Club website by clicking www.nswseakayaker.asn.au
Introduction to Basic Sea Kayaking Skills online resource
The NSWSKC has also developed this online resource which uses video demonstrations, text and photographs of key skills at the Basic Skills level for sea kayaking. This resource has been written and compiled by NSWSKC instructors and paddlers to demonstrate skills and inspire club members to constantly improve and progress their sea kayaking. Promotion of safe sea kayaking is a core aim of the club and this resource.
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDs)
Please note, from November 1 2010, it will be compulsory to wear a PFD when kayaking in most situations and for ALL children under 12.
These new requirements apply to all NSW navigable water including estuaries, rivers, lakes, dams and ocean waters.
Canoes and kayaks (Adults and children over 12)
Children under 12 years of age
Find out more on the old NSW Maritime website about: