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Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings.

Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks, bicycles.. and of course- canoes and kayaks that people could see and try. 

A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

Kenneth Bogle, Founder of Joplin Kayak and Canoe, says that there are a few things you need to do - and know- before you get out on the river. 

He says, "If a you have a life jacket that's too big you'll slip right out of it, but if it's too small it'll be uncomfortable so you'll just take it off. So it's important to have the right one for you. Avoiding logs and what we call strainers in the river is also very important. They actually kill a lot of people.. people get caught up in them, boat flips, they get tangled up underneath. Staying away from low head dams is another thing.. we've got a lot of those in the area, and they can kill people as well. So, a lot of what we do is education too."

This was the groups second swap meet of the year. 

If you want to learn more about Joplin Kayak and Canoe, here is a link to their website. 

https://joplinkayak.com/

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