Canoeing and kayaking are both sports that are performed in the natural environment. There isn’t a single sport that gives you the chance to experience the variety of emotions from the natural surroundings. Beginning alone, in the mists of the early morning, on a peaceful lake or river is an amazing thing, for instance.
However, on the other hand the paddlers as paddlers are also in an obligation. It’s our duty to perform our sport as in harmony with nature as we can, in order to preserve the ecosystem for future generations.
Kayaking in harmony with Nature
The majority of these guidelines are evident, however.
- Be mindful of the beauty, variety and specialties of the natural and built environment, and protect the recreational value of nature and environment
- Be aware of the regulations and rules governing the protection of the flora and fauna within your area of interest prior to the journey. These generally differ depending on state, country and region, too. (e.g within national parks)
- Be quiet
- Do not leave any waste behind and don’t make use of harmful substances to nature …
- Don’t leave a trace: You must leave every spot in the same way you’d like to locate it the next time.
- Stay away from the shore vegetation, water plants and other animals.
- Stay informed about local wildlife and their behavior. Change your paddling style in such a will ensure to ensure that the plants and animals are not seriously damaged or damaged or disturbed.
- When you can, ensure that your journey is eco-friendly: more than one car for each person or public transportation (might not always be feasible I’m sure) and parking only in designated parking areas – not outdoors …
- Utilize campgrounds when they are available instead of wild camping
- Why not buy your food locally, if you can? So local people will gain and will build an excellent relationship with paddlers.
- Use a tide that is high enough only
- Beware of waterways that are already overcrowded.
- Explore tiny rivers in small groups.
- If you find environmental pollution such by discharge of oil films, dirty water or illegal dumps: notify the local authorities.
- Set an example for others who paddle and educate them about these rules.
However, what if … is there too many regulations? Like I said, most of them are not necessary to mention – they are just common sense.