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    Throwlines and Towlines
    Knives
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Throwlines and Towlines
A wide selection of Throwlines are available. They are all fairly similar in design and concept with slight differences in construction and features for you to consider. They all use floating rope varying in thickness from 8mm to 11mm. When choosing a throwline consider how long a line you need and what sort of rivers you are paddling.

Thicker rope is easier for wet cold hands to hold onto but is bulkier when packed into the bag and slightly heavier to throw. Thinner rope packs easily into the bag and is more compact making it easier to store in your boat and may be slightly easier to throw. It may not be as easy or confortable to hold onto though as the thicker rope.

We strongly recommend you receive proper training in the ue of your throw line. You should also consider carrying a knife with you should the need arise to cut a tangled line in an emergency.

For advice on the use of throwlines please see the "Using a Throwline" article from the articles link on the homepage.

Knives
A knife should be carried if you are carrying a throwline or leading a group on moving water. They should be easily accessible and safe and easy to operate. The particular style of knife is a personal choice. We offer knives that are either a fold out lockable knife that with practice can be opened single handed or a fixed blade knife stored in a sheaf. Some have blunt ends for extra safety and some have points.

It is not advisable to carry your knife on the outside of your clothing where it can easily be seen or dislodged and lost if snagged.

Other Canoeing Safety Equipment
This section contains miscellaneous safety equipment for all types of canoeing and kayaking including some items that may require specialist training in to use safely and effectively.

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