Safety for everyone is an absolute priority. And that starts with the knowledge of the applicable regulations and sailing rules. Find here the overview of all applicable regulations on the Flemish waterways.
By always giving way to shipping traffic, you already avoid many dangerous situations. Therefore, always keep to the starboard shore (right) in your muscle-powered vessel. Give shipping traffic the space it needs and bear in mind the blind spot of vessels. All vessels have a blind spot, meaning there is restricted visibility from the wheelhouse. The skipper therefore cannot see everything happening in front of the vessel. In addition, the response of these vessels is slower,
meaning they cannot easily stop or take evasive action. Courtesy is the golden rule on the waterways, just as it is on the roads!
So taking into account the rules is a must when you are in a canoe, kayak or sup. Therefore, always cross the waterway perpendicularly and quickly, because the longer you are in the fairway, the more vulnerable you are as a paddler. At dusk or on foggy days, wearing a white light is also mandatory. You can increase your visibility even further by wearing distinctive clothing. Make it not only a good intention, but also a good habit.
A swim vest helps you float and is mainly used by active water sports enthusiasts. A life vest is made to save you: it always turns you onto your back with your face up if you end up in the water. When you practice a paddling sport, you put on a vest. In fact, a vest can save your life.
TIPS FOR PROPER AND SAFE USE OF YOUR VEST:
Download here the handy overview of the most important sailing rules for muscle-powered vessels.