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Kayaking Safety and Environmental Guidelines: 

At Aquamarine Watersports in Golden Bay, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our customers, as well as the protection of the beautiful Maltese environment. In this customer guide, we'll provide you with essential kayaking safety tips and environmental guidelines to ensure you have an enjoyable, responsible, and safe kayaking experience with us.

Safety Guidelines for Kayaking in Maltese waters:

  1. Wear a life vest: Before embarking on your kayaking adventure, always wear the life vest provided by Aquamarine Watersports. Life vests are crucial for ensuring your safety on the water, regardless of your swimming abilities or experience.

  2. Use proper paddling techniques: Proper kayaking techniques not only make your experience more enjoyable but also help prevent injuries. Aquamarine Watersports staff will guide you through basic paddling techniques and safety measures to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience.

  3. Keep an eye on weather conditions: Be aware of the weather conditions and forecasts before and during your kayaking trip. In case of sudden changes in weather, such as strong winds or storms, return to the shore immediately.

  4. Stay close to the shore: Especially if you're a beginner, it's crucial to stay close to the shoreline while kayaking. This will help you stay within the safe boundaries and avoid potential hazards.

  5. Paddle in a group: It's always safer to paddle with others, whether it's friends, family, or fellow kayakers. This ensures that you have someone to assist you in case of an emergency or any difficulties on the water.

  6. Be prepared for capsizing: Familiarize yourself with the techniques to right a capsized kayak and re-enter it. Aquamarine Watersports staff can provide guidance and demonstrations on how to perform these maneuvers safely.

We definitely do recommend you familiarize yourself with these concepts before you rent a kayak in Malta.

 

Environmental Kayak Guidelines:

  1. Avoid disturbing wildlife: Malta's waters are home to a diverse range of marine life. When kayaking, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter and avoid disturbing their natural habitat.

  2. Respect nesting birds: Some of the cliffs and coastal areas around Malta are nesting sites for various bird species. Keep a safe distance and avoid making loud noises that may disturb nesting birds.

  3. Leave no trace: Carry a small bag with you to collect any trash or belongings that you bring along on your kayaking trip. Dispose of waste properly onshore to help maintain the cleanliness and beauty of Malta's beaches and coastline.

  4. Use eco-friendly sunscreen: Sun protection is essential while kayaking, but some sunscreens contain chemicals harmful to marine life. Opt for a reef-safe, biodegradable sunscreen to minimize your impact on the environment.

  5. Avoid damaging the seafloor: When entering or exiting your kayak, be cautious not to damage the seafloor or any marine life. Always launch and land your kayak in designated areas to minimize disturbance to the environment.

Final thoughts:

By following these kayaking tips and environmental guidelines provided by Aquamarine Watersports in Golden Bay, you can ensure a safe, enjoyable, and environmentally responsible kayaking experience. Together we can do our best to keep Malta clean & safe for all to enjoy. Want even more info? Check out this Kayaking Guide!

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