62% of UK paddleboarders, kayakers and canoers don’t see Personal Flotation Devices as an essential piece of kit, new research tells us.
Research from Helly Hansen reveals many ignore lifesaving advice as RNLI release new paddleboard rescue statisticNew research released today by Helly Hansen and the RNLI has revealed that many people are putting their lives at risk while participating in activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing.
Paddleboarding, in particular, has seen a massive increase in popularity over the past few years due to the accessibility of the activity. But results from a new survey reveal many people may not be taking the correct safety precautions to keep themselves as safe as possible when out on the water.
Are we overconfident?
When asked what they saw as essential pieces of kit for paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing, 6 out of 10 of those surveyed (62%) did not include a personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket.
When asked why, a third of respondents answered being a confident swimmer. The next most popular reasons for not wearing a PFD were not owning one (24.5%) and a dislike of wearing one (21.8%). 30% of respondents also said they would not change their plans on the water after looking at the weather forecast.
The survey findings come as new figures released by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) reveal that the charity saved the lives of 42 people last year after they got into trouble while paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing.
The figures also show that:
- The RNLI saved the lives of 59 paddleboarders in the last 10 years with 75% (44) of those coming since 2020
- Lifeboat launches to paddleboard incidents went up 64% in 2021 (144) from the previous year (88) while RNLI lifeguards responded to 132% more paddleboard incidents in 2021 (504) than the previous year (217)
- In the 10 years from 2012-2021, the RNLI has saved the lives of 300 paddleboarders, kayakers or canoers and helped 6,361 people
Simple safety advice could save your life
If you are heading out on the water, we would always advise you to wear a suitable personal flotation device for your activity. If you are on a paddleboard, choose the right releasable leash for the location you are paddling. Always check the weather forecast and tide times as this can affect your paddling and always tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Keep a means of calling for help attached to you in a waterproof pouch or close to hand so that in an emergency you can call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if at the coast or the Fire Service if inland.
If you get into trouble in the water, remember to Float to Live: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety.”
- For more information on paddleboard safety go to https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/stand-up-paddle-boarding
- For more information on kayak and canoe safety go to https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kayaking-and-canoeing
- For more information on how to Float to Live go to https://rnli.org/safety/float?utm_source=pressrelease&utm_medium=vanity&utm_campaign=beachsafety_2022&utm_content=floatuk2022
RNLI lifeboat named after 1960s actress
Seldén’s new dinghy deck hardware makes UK show debut at RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show 2022
The post Brits ignore life-saving device while paddleboarding: new research from Helly Hansen and the RNLI appeared first on Sailing Today.