Renting a canoe at Delnor-Wiggins State Park is one of the most exciting activities that you can plan for yourself and your family when visiting Naples Florida. However, several necessary safety protocols must be observed to keep safety in the forefront. The first rule to remember is that, when you get into the canoe to begin your journey, you should have someone in place to help keep it steady. You don’t want the boat to tip or rock over before you’ve entered the water.
Make Sure You Keep Your Canoe Steady In The Water
When you get out onto the water, your priority will be to ensure that your canoe stays steady in the water. In other words, don’t rock the boat! Keep yourself low and centered in the canoe, and don’t stand up or try to walk. Be sure to wear your life jacket and make sure that everyone in the group is wearing theirs as well. You never know when you may hit a submerged object, or have someone with you onboard make an unexpected move.
If The Canoe Does Tip Over, Don’t Panic
If despite all your best efforts, the canoe does tip over, it’s important not to panic. Try to stay with the canoe and guide it over to the shore. The canoe will float, even if it fills with water, so your best bet is to guide it to shallow water, where you can tip it right side up again to empty it out. Once back on shore, take a few moments to catch your breath before beginning your journey again.
Make Sure To Bring All Of The Proper Equipment With You
When embarking on a canoe excursion in the park, be very sure that you bring all of the proper equipment with you. This should include a first aid kit for emergencies, extra clothing, sunscreen, life vests, food and water, and a map or fully-charged GPS. Keep all of the equipment in a waterproof container and tie it to one of the center beams in your canoe. This way, it won’t be lost even if the canoe does tip over. When renting a canoe, life vests will be provided so you don’t need to worry about buying one.
For Further Information, Feel Free To Contact Us
Your canoe excursion at Delnor-Wiggins State Park should be a happy, fun-filled experience. If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns regarding canoe rental or safety-related issues, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to make sure that you and your family have the safest and most enjoyable time during your stay in the park.
Naples Beach Adventures
11135 GulfShore Drive
Naples, FL 34108
Parking Lot #4