Each year when spring arrives, paddlers start to return to training on Canadian waters. Competent coaches and sound safety practices have been key factors in maintaining a good safety record within Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC). Your diligence in following the code of safety will help to prevent tragedies. Please take a few moments to review the Spring Cold Water Policy and the CKC Code of Safety.


Cold Water Safety Policy


Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)

  • PFD policies are regulated by each divisions. CKC recommends PFDs for everyone while the water is below 8°C and for anyone under the age of 15 at all times.

  • Paddlers over 18 who choose not to wear a PFD must sign a waiver and have an approved PFD accessible in their boat or in the accompanying safety boat



  • Stay close to your athletes in the safety boat

  • Don’t put inexperienced paddlers on the water

  • Keep your athletes near the shore in cold water

  • Carry a cell phone with you in the motorboat if possible



  • Don’t go out in inclement weather

  • Club Safety Officer and/or Head Coach must monitor environmental conditions including water temperature, air temperature, wind, and precipitation


Cold Water Effects





Practice Site

1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto ON M6S 5A3

(Pay meter parking available on east and west side of Pavilion)


Office Address

Unit 1 - 230 Nantucket Blvd,

Toronto ON M1P 2N9



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