Clarence has 191km of coastline which provides enormous opportunity for coastal kayaking. In addition, the Coal River offers sheltered inland waters for paddlers.
Also see Kayak Trail.
Always tell someone about your plans, including where you intend to canoe or kayak and when you expect to be back. Others suggestions include:
- Check weather and conditions before you paddle - including marine or mountain weather forecasts, relevant river flow levels (for inland waters) and wind warnings (for lakes and ocean).
- Don't paddle in extreme conditions such as high winds, a large swell, extreme temperatures, fog or thunderstorms.
- Avoid heat stress by paddling early in the morning or late in the afternoon (particularly in summer) and using sun protection measures.
- Don't paddle at night unless you are experienced and only paddle where you have a clear vision of the route ahead.
- Don't canoe or kayak unless you are a competent swimmer.
- Don't canoe or kayak by yourself.
- Don't overestimate your skill or physical fitness. Choose a route that's not too difficult for you to manage.
- Wear a life jacket that is the correct size for you, even if you think you are a competent swimmer.
- Never overload your canoe or kayak. Respect the load limits.
- Keep all equipment in good repair.
- Take lessons to improve your paddling and safety techniques.
- If you fall into the water, stay with your craft. Keep a firm grip on your paddle.
- Learn first aid to ensure you have the skills to deal with an emergency situation.
For tips on minimal impact sea kayaking see the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife website.