Outdoor activities and travel adventures are expected to be fun and safe. From swimming, nature exploration to kayaking, all these are designed to provide the members a chance to relax, rekindle their love of nature and outdoor activities. But there are times when accidents happen, and ruin the fun that comes with the planned activity. Accidents come in many forms, and the nature of the accidents depends on the kind of activity chosen. For example, individuals who want to enjoy the great outdoors through kayaking may also face an accident and near misses that can cause injuries. It is now common to hear stories about a kayak that’s hit by another boat, thus resulting in injuries. And experience in kayaking does not necessarily mean that you are safe on the waters. Anyone is at risk for accidents, thus it pays to be careful if you are planning to enjoy kayaking with friends. To avoid the accidents that may happen when using the kayak, it pays to follow the recommendations below.
Good Gear, Great Conditions
Kayak safety starts with the use of the recommended kayaking gear, and the understanding of the right kayaking decisions. When it comes to the right outdoor gear, experts recommend wearing bright colored clothes when navigating the waters. Wearing bright colored shirts can help during rainy weather conditions. It’s easier to spot individuals in open waters if they are wearing brightly colored shirts. Complete your kayak wardrobe by wearing a life jacket. A life jacket becomes your friend in case problems happen when kayaking. Even if the weather is too hot and wearing a life jacket is no longer comfortable, it is always recommended to keep and wear one. To ensure that you will be comfortable throughout your trip, choose high-quality and a breathable life jacket.
Also, try to maintain your kayak the right way by bringing with you all other kayaking essentials like a VFW radio or a noise-making device. Noise-making devices can help during emergency situations, and when calling for attention.
Know your Surroundings and Respect Other Kayaking Enthusiasts
An understanding of the surroundings is also critical when it comes to responsible kayaking. Some individuals may find comfort in the fact that they don’t see other boats or kayaks for a few minutes. But, it is always important to pay respect to other kayaks or boats, especially if these boats are larger or heavier. Even if you have the ‘right of way’, you should be ready for that moment where you have to give in, and let the other boat take your place. As a responsible outdoor enthusiasts, you should be able to respect others on water, and share the space with them.
These kayak safety reminders and tips can go a long way in promoting a safe outdoor adventure. Some of these tips and recommendations may require investments in tools and equipment, but these are necessary expenses if you want to enjoy your time while kayaking in a secure and safe manner.