Sea Kayaking Safety

Sea Kayaking Safety
Kayaking is great exercise and is also a popular recreational sport. As with all recreational activities, danger can be involved. It is best to be prepared for the worse in the event of an accident. This is especially true when kayaking in the sea or ocean. If an unforeseen event happens that leaves you stranded, you will want the peace of mind knowing that you are prepared. It only takes a few minutes of extra planning to ready yourself and your kayak for the sea, and every minute is worth it if it guarantees your safety. Read on for some helpful tips.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Life jacket Whistle Flair Water Food GPS Cell phone
  • Life jacket
  • Whistle
  • Flair
  • Water
  • Food
  • GPS
  • Cell phone
Step 1
Check the weather forecast. It is best to know what the water and weather conditions will be like before you launch your kayak into the sea. The last thing you want is to be caught in a thunderstorm or have the winds pick up and you are stuck, or even worse, blown out further into the deep waters. This is especially true if you are a novice kayaker.
Step 2
Tell someone where you are going. It is always best to let someone know where you plan on going and what time you plan on coming back, when doing any outdoor recreational activity. In the event something happens, you will know someone will be looking for you. Otherwise, you'll be stranded in the water and nobody will even know that you are gone.
Step 3
Bring safety equipment with you. Make sure that you have all your safety gear with you when you take off into the sea. An accident can happen even on a short trip, and it is best to be prepared. You will need a life jacket and if you have got a boat cushion, you can also use this as a flotation device. Place your safety gear in a waterproof bag. You can bring items, such as a flair or whistle, in the event you are stranded and need to alert someone of your whereabouts.
Step 4
Store a GPS and cell phone in the gear bag, in the event you get lost. If for some reason you get blown off course, you'll be able to locate exactly where you are. If nothing else, it will give you peace of mind. If you have your cell phone with you, you will be able to hopefully call someone to let them know of your situation.
Step 5
Bring some food and water with you in your kayak. If an accident happens and you are stuck in the water for awhile, you'll have fresh water to drink and something to eat. Who wants to be stuck in a huge pool of saltwater and be thirsty? You might not need it, but at least you'll have it if you do.
Step 6
Stay close to shore if you are a novice kayaker. Experience is the best teacher and if you don't have it don't push your limitations. The sea is big and can be nasty, so don't let your inexperience get you into a situation that could have been avoided. Take an experienced person along with you on your trip. The important thing is to have a safe, fun trip.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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