Your safety is our top priority at Wakefield Community Boating.
All staff are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED administration. Crew Staff have also completed a Boating Safely training and related practical trainings. In case there is a need to get to a boater in distress urgently, the Wakefield Community Boating Program has a 13ft Boston Whaler equipped with a Type IV PFD, a throwable device to aid a boater in the water. Program Director Amanda Haley has completed the Official Massachusetts Boating Safety Course Online and all Crew Members will complete a Paddlesports Safety Course online.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Safety & Community Boating on Lake Quannapowitt:
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A LIFEJACKET?
Everyone must be wearing a United States Coast Guard approved life jacket (personal floatation device or PFD) at all times while participating in kayak activities. Everyone must wear a provided PFD and cannot bring their own.
WILL I TIP OVER IN A KAYAK?
Possibly, but it’s actually quite normal. The boats are very stable when you’re sitting in them, but when you stand up, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that capsizing is very likely!
WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED HELP ON THE WATER?
Each PFD has a whistle that you should use in case of an emergency. Staff will be monitoring the water to look for boaters that may need help.
I’VE NEVER BEEN KAYAKING BEFORE, WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
No experience is necessary! Our sit-on-top kayaks are very user-friendly and easy to use. We provide instruction as well as a life jacket.
Is there a minimum age or weight requirement for children?
We have red single kayaks with a weight limit of 225, green single kayaks with a weight limit of 275, and our tandem (2 person kayaks) have a weight limit of up to 425 lbs. Boaters up to age 14 must have a parent or guardian complete a waiver and be on the water with them. Boaters 15, 16, 17 may go out on their own but must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WHEN I COME BOATING?
Imagine it is like a day at the beach. You should bring sunscreen, water, and be sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet.
WILL YOU BE OPEN WHEN IT IS RAINING?
As long as the weather is safe enough for us to venture on the water, we plan to do so! If there is thunder and lightning, we will pause operations. If the weather affects visibility, we will also pause operation until conditions improve.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO RENT A BOAT?
You must be 18 years or older to rent a boat. If you are aged 15-17, in order to go out on your own you must have a parent or guardian consent to rent a boat. All children under the age of 15 must have an adult accompany them and have consent from their parents/guardians.
CAN I WALK UP AND MAKE A RESERVATION?
Yes, we will have some equipment saved for walk up participants. They will be on a first come first serve basis.