Canoes & Kayaks Test
While paddling, in order to avoid unnecessary capsizing, what is the best procedure to take when a wave from another vessel or the wind is headed your direction?
Attempt to ensure your vessel is parallel with the wave as much as possible
Quickly turn your bow into the wave so you don’t take the wave broadside
Do nothing to avoid any additional sudden movements
Paddle briskly in the opposite direction of the wave to attempt to avoid it altogether
Which of the following statements is true as it pertains to preparing for your paddling trip?
Don’t worry about weather conditions as long as you are familiar with the waterway
Go for broke, paddles are optional
Give yourself more time to return on your trip than when you went out, and be sure that you let someone know where you are going, regardless of your experience on the water
It is not necessary to prepare a float plan for your trip as long as you are an experienced paddler
When you find yourself in front or in the path of a powerboat, the best and safest course of action is to:
Never paddle when powerboats are present, even in the same lake
If possible, safely cross the powerboat astern, or behind the vessel
Cross in front of the vessel as long as you are fairly certain that the boat operator sees you
Try to beat the powerboat to the spot you are headed
Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding safe use of a canoe or kayak at night?
When paddling at night, use of a light is not necessary if you have a whistle or horn to make sound signals
If other vessels are in your vicinity your light must be displayed in time to prevent a collision
In addition to a light, you should also have some means of making the appropriate sound signals, such as a whistle or horn, on board
If paddling at dusk or at night you should have a white light aboard
Why is it important to wear proper footwear when paddling?
Shoes actually give you a better grip on the bottom of the canoe, enabling faster paddling
Proper footwear is needed, because of the likelihood of needing to portage your canoe or kayak and the fact that you might end up capsized and you don’t know what is at the bottom of river or lake. Shoes protect your feet.
It’s important for your footwear to match your lifejacket color
Proper footwear is a U.S. Coast Guard requirement
Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding the risk of hypothermia while paddling?
It is possible to experience hypothermia even on a warm day.
The most common symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, lack of coordination, slurred speech, confusion, drowsiness, or impaired judgment
Hypothermia will cause your body to lock up and lose energy quicker
Hypothermia is only a concern when the temperature is below 65 degrees outside and the water is cold.
The most important safety precaution you can take while paddling is to:
Refrain from capsizing
Wear a life jacket
Only go out on the water when the weather is warm
Bring plenty of snacks on your trip
In the case of capsizing, which of the following is recommended and safe procedure?
Don’t panic. Stay with your boat and paddle or swim it to shore if you are close to the shore
While paddling, capsizing is not likely, and as such, you shouldn’t need to worry about safety precautions or procedures for this scenario
If another boat besides yours capsizes, first go after the paddler’s boat and equipment, as the paddler can swim himself/herself to shore
Stay downstream of your boat when swimming to shore as it will be easier to pull it while in the water
What is the purpose of buoys, markers, and lights that you may encounter on your paddling journey?
These aids to navigation are only important if your livery operator mentions them
These navigation aids are important and should be paid close attention since these navigation aids all have significance, direct vessel traffic, and indicate channels
Such navigation aids are only applicable to powerboats and need not be of concern if you are paddling
They have no purpose, they are only there to get in the way
What is the safe and proper way to board a canoe or kayak?
Have someone steady the vessel, stay low, hold the sides of the vessel for balance, and always maintain 3 points of contact with the boat
Get a running start and aim for the far side of the canoe
Have someone steady the vessel, stand upright, use your paddle for balance, and always maintain 3 points of contact with the boat
Have someone steady the vessel, stand upright, hold the sides of the vessel for balance, and find a seat on the side of the canoe