How we Watch Weather for Safe Paddling
At Ahoy Rentals our number one concern and focus is your safety, because if you are safe, then you have a great experience and that makes everyone happy. We check wind and weather forecast daily and throughout the day on multiple sites. We will not let you go out if conditions are not safe for your ability. The above chart will give you an idea as to what wind strength is suitable for you. If you are uncertain, make your booking, but please do not prepay for any hourly bookings. Once you arrive we can discuss this and if we do not feel it would be safe for you to go out, we will simply cancel you booking.
This plays a significant role for wave height. The prevailing wind is South West. Wind direction is always given in terms of where the wind is blowing from, so in this instance the wind is blowing in from the South West. SW winds are the most common in our area and we are provided with some great shelter from our neighbour at the Kingston Yacht club. It is always good to paddle upwind first (into the waves), do the hard work first and then drift back with the waves. NE (North East wind) gives us the most protection and even with a strong wind you will have little to no waves along the shore, so make sure you stay close to shore. A S (south wind) will make most paddling very difficult and in all likelihood we will not send anyone out as the waves will be coming straight at our launching dock.
Until mid to late June the water temperature will be between 10 and 15 Celsius (50 F to 59F). If we get a hot early summer, this temperature will rise earlier. Comfortable swimming is above 15 Celsius. Once the end of June is here, the temperature will be refreshing on that hot summer day. We also monitor this and will advise you of any safety precautions you need to be aware of. Remember your best way to stay safe is listen to the instructions of the staff. They are knowledgeable and are there to keep you safe.
Wear your PFD
With every rental, we provide a personal flotation device (PFD). It may be hot, the sun may be shining, but we require all paddlers to wear one when they are out on the water. Your PFD should fit snugly and not too tight. We will check to make sure your PFD is fitted properly, please ask for advice if you are unsure how to wear one. If you do end up in the water, you’ll get wet. And you’ll also float with your head kept above water.