Backbone Beach (Dundee, Delaware County, IA) Beed's Lake Beach (Hampton, Franklin County, IA) Denison Beach (Black Hawk Lake, Lake View, Sac County, IA) Lake MacBride Beach (Solon, Johnson County, IA) McIntosh Woods Beach (Clear Lake, Ventura, Cerro Gordo County, IA) Viking Lake Beach (Stanton, Montgomery County, IA)
Kayaking, canoeing, and tubing season in Iowa is in full swing. Whether you’re new to any of these types of water recreation, or a seasoned pro, it is always important to brush up on safety guidelines every year. There are important safety laws to know as well, especially for kayaking and canoeing. Knowing these safety practices can help prevent drowning deaths and injuries.
There are many causes of drowning, most of which can be avoided. Reasons given by the Iowa DNR are: lack of swimming ability, alcohol use, failure to wear life jackets, lack of barriers to unsupervised swimming areas, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, and seizure disorders. The Iowa DNR hastips on how to prevent drowningthat you can share with family and friends.
For kayaking or canoeing, it is important - and can even be fun! - to get some instruction on your equipment. You can find classesonline with the Iowa DNR to learn the basics and more on using your watercraft. In-person safety courses can also be a great way to meet fellow boaters and learn about fun places to try paddling in Iowa. There are also free online boating safety exams, such as this Paddle Sports Safety Course.
Small things can also make your trip safer and more enjoyable, such as having appropriate water shoes that will not fall off, packing plenty of sunscreen and drinkable water, or even having a small paddle handy while river tubing.