A proper pump empties your boat faster, though a scoop made from a cut-open bottle would do just fine. This requirement does not apply to pleasure crafts that can’t hold enough water to capsize it or have watertight compartments sealed and not easily accessible, which exempts inflatable kayaks, SUPs, and sit-on-top kayaks.
This does not include most kayaks or canoes since it is required only if the vertical height to reboard is greater than 50cm. It is vital for individuals with limited upper body strength, fatigued paddlers, and those looking after others.
It is not mandatory for boats less than 20m, but radio and GPS are vital in high traffic waters to give bigger vessels your location.
You need to wear a PFD while on the water to meet safety regulations. Waist packs and inflatable PFDs are popular, but inflatables are not allowed for whitewater paddling because they are not inherently buoyant. The best choice is a bright color for easy spotting while on water.