On a clear night, there is nothing as beautiful as Vancouver from the water! However, it is important that we all put an emphasis on safety while paddling at night. Weeknight practices are most often in the dark in the winter or during later practices in the fall (October to March). Night paddling presents a new and unique perspective of Vancouver’s shoreline and skyline. For safety reasons, the following requirements must be met.
1. All paddlers must wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) or Life Jackets
2. All boats must have bow and stern lights (i.e. stroke and steersman)
3. Paddlers must wear lights on their PFD for extra visibility; preferably both front and back particularly when in solos
4. Ensure that each boat is equipped with bailers (one bucket and two small) and a throw rope
5. Paddle into False Creek or within 50m of shore