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Waterproof Flashlight

Short Distance.

Signalling for Help
Dye Marker
Short Distance.

 

Sound-Signalling Device
Short Distance.
Flares
Medium Distance.


EPIRB's
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons
Long Distance.
Heliograph
Short Distance.
Portable Marine VHF Radio
Long Distance.
Distress Cloth
Short Distance.
PLB
Personal Locator Beacon
Long Distance.
Code Flags
Short Distance.
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Arm Signal
Short Distance.
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When it comes to signalling your need for assistance, a key factor that comes into play is how far away you are from those whom you will need to communicate with.  Some pieces of signalling equipment are designed for short distance signalling (where help is within visual/audible range), others for medium distance signalling (where help is just outside the visual range) while still others for long distance signalling (where help is outside reasonable visual range.)   You should, therefore, ensure that you have the signalling capabilities best suited to the maximum distance you may encounter within your boating environment.

Because of the compact nature of canoes, it’s not easy to carry a lot of signalling equipment.    At a minimum, the Small Vessel Regulations mandate that the following be carried on board.

  • Either a watertight flashlight OR 6 flares of types A, B or C must be carried on board if the overall length of the craft is greater than 6 meters.  If possible to carry both, the more equipment, the better.
  • A sound signalling device or appliance.