During the summer season, if a safety motorboat is accompanying you then you are not required to wear a PFD. If a safety motorboat is not accompanying you, then:
Stricter safety rules are enforced during the spring and fall paddling season, due to cold water. Consult with your coach (or the head coach if you are not in a coached program) before embarking on a spring or fall paddling program. Also read the RCC’s Cold Water Paddling manual, available from your coach.
Working with free weights is more dangerous and requires more skill than working with weight machines. Yet free weight workouts have their own benefits, and are generally preferred by paddlers.
Novice and intermediate paddlers should consult with their coach prior to using more advanced boats. Frequent capsizing of high performance boats causes waterlogging and also increases the likelihood of lost hardware.