Personal Competence


Know Your Limits

Understand what conditions are suited to your ability level and stick to paddling within those conditions.
know your limits
Before you go paddling try floating and other water competencies in a pool or other sheltered water

Check out the section in this module on 'Swimming and Personal Assessment' for more information on testing your own water competency before heading into an open water environment.


Limit yourself to flat sheltered waters with light winds
under 11 KNOTS OR 19KM/HOUR

Paddlers with Some Skills

limit yourself to moderate conditions with winds
under 17 KNOTS OR 29KM/HOUR AND WAVES under 0.5 METRES

Experienced Paddlers

Limit yourself to fresh conditions
under 25 KNOTS