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Source: New South Wales Transport

The Massive Murray Paddle will kick off on Monday 18 November with paddlers making their way from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill completing the 404 kilometre course over five days.

The race, now in its 51st year, is supported by Transport for NSW and is the longest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Acting Director for the Centre for Maritime Safety, Peter Harvey, said the Massive Murray Paddle is a fantastic opportunity to educate and spread the word about the importance of paddle safety, not only to paddlers, but also to all who use the waterways.

“Canoeing, kayaking and stand-up-paddle boarding are all popular paddling activities in NSW as they’re relatively cheap, the equipment is portable and waterways are easy to access,” Mr Harvey said.

“However, paddlers are among the most vulnerable on our waterways as paddle craft can be difficult to see and are unable to quickly move from the path of an oncoming vessel.”

To ensure paddlers have a great and safe day out on the water, they should always wear a bright lifejacket that can be easily seen by other larger vessels.

“Wearing bright clothing, a bright lifejacket, and choosing a craft with a bright coloured hull can help to improve visibility,” Mr Harvey said.

“Boaters and personal watercraft riders should take care around paddlers, and always keep a proper lookout.”

NSW Maritime boating safety officers will be on the course throughout the event to educate participants on the rules and to also help everyone enjoy this great race safely.

For more information visit: https://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/staying-safe/paddle-safe/index.html

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