Note: In the event of an emergency, each life jacket is equipped with a card on how to proceed in the event of an emergency.
Don't panic. Stay with or on the craft as even swamped canoes float. If in shallow water, stand up and bring the boat to shore to empty the water. If not, stay by or on the flipped craft and wave your arms in the direction of the Capitol, which is where the UW Lifesaving Station is located. Keep waving and they'll be by soon!
I Need Immediate Help And/Or Can't Paddle Back To Shore
Don't panic. Simply find a comfortable position in your craft and make sure you are visible to the UW Lifesaving Station and wave your arms in the direction of the Capitol. If you have a working cell phone, call them at (608) 262-5865.
I Lost Something In The Water
Do not attempt to dive for it. If it is a valued possession, try to remember best where you were and upon return notify the staff.
I Hit Another Boat Or Something Else
If you cannot paddle, or if someone is injured, stay where you are and wave your arms in the direction of the Capitol to notify UW Lifesaving. When you return to shore, notify the Outdoor UW staff of the accident and any damage.
I Lost A Paddle!
If possible, try to retrieve the paddle while staying in your craft. If someone is near you, ask them to help retrieve the paddle. If the paddle is lost or out of sight, wave your arms in the direction of the Capitol to notify UW Lifesaving. Notify the Outdoor UW staff immediately of the missing paddle.