That is unless it's severely windy, freezing cold, or nobody is within shouting distance.
1. Always wear your PFD.
2. Always carry a whistle, compass and map of the area (in a waterproof case).
3. Always carry a -- easy to reach -- knife with a serrated edge. All of my gear (fishing rod, tackle box, landing net and paddle) is on a leash, so it would be relatively easy to get entangled and possibly trapped under my canoe.
I just came across a pretty neat video of an old gentleman getting in and out of a canoe at a dock. SEE... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNUIn1Gafqk
I tested his instructions... I put my pack canoe in our swimming pool, the water is about about 14" below the concrete deck, and experimented with this gentleman's method. It was easy and worked perfectly smooth. Thank you Hornbeck Canoes.
I'm going to Voyageurs Park next month and have been worried about having to get in a canoe from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center dock. I feel much better now. 75 year-old canoeists should still avoid docks whenever possible.
Update Monday, May 3, 2021
I’m now in my 79th year on planet earth and solo canoeing is one of my few passions left.
Last year was horrible in every way possible. I didn’t get enough exercise, I lost even more strength, and my balance is not at all good.
However, I did manage -- last week -- to go canoeing two days in a row, albeit only a couple of hours each day.
I admit that getting in and out of a canoe is a challenge, but in shallow water it is safe and doable.
My biggest struggle is standing up when exiting. That can be improved with exercise, so I’ve added squats to my daily regimen.
Here’s a helpful video for Solo Canoeing - Entering and Exiting