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Encouraging water safety at the beach


Paddle boarding, kayaking, riding on a pontoon...sounds fun right? Well, there are rules before you dive in.

Playing on the water can be fun but if you don't have the proper equipment- you could get a ticket. We came to Key Sailing yesterday and found out the things you need on the water.

Madison Levy and her friends are visiting Pensacola Beach from Georgia.
 
"Some of us are doing the tandem kayaks. Most of us are doing single kayaks and we have a few of us who are going to try something new today and do the stand up boards," Levy said.

She's excited- it's her first time paddle boarding.

"You're going to put one knee here and one knee here until you feel comfortable, okay?"

She's headed out with a group and at Key Sailing.
The manager recommends going out with a group.

"Paddle boards, kayaks, stuff like that we try to keep people as groups as opposed to power boats where we are keeping them separated because if someone falls off the paddle board and it goes flying away it's very easy for someone on another paddle board to just swim over there and grab it and paddle it back for them," said manager Charlie Ttrinque.

This is what the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission call a 'sound producing device.' You have to have one onboard. You must also have a wearable coast guard approved life jacket for every person on board.

It must be the appropriate size and within easy access.