Taken with Quebec’s lakes and rivers and looking for a new way to enjoy their beauty? With a standup paddleboard (SUP), you can travel your favorite waterways while standing up and enjoying the scenery around you. However, there are certain rules you need to know before you take out one of these non-motorized boards!
Whenever you’re on the water, there’s a risk of drowning. You must always have an inflatable belt pack (IBP) or a lifejacket with you when you’re on your SUP. You don’t have to wear it. However, if you don’t, it must still be with you on your SUP.
You must have a 15m floating rope with you if you do not wear your lifejacket or IBP while on your SUP. This rope is used to tow someone who has fallen in the water to their boat, board or other watercraft.
Important! Your leash (the line that attaches you to your SUP) is not considered a floating throwline.
You must always have a whistle with you on your SUP. If you are in an emergency, it lets you call for help over a long distance.
If you’re going out after sunset, you must have a waterproof flashlight with you.
The essentials when paddleboarding
If you’re wearing your lifejacket or IBP, you must have:
If you’re not wearing your lifejacket or IBP, you must have: