I went through and compiled a safety "greatest hits" list from the above.
I feel certain that I probably missed some things, so feel free to weigh in and add to the list.
Kayak Fishing Safety List : Preparation:
Fitness / know your limitations
Trip plan / file in a consistent method
Know dangerous animal and plant information for an area (eg: stingrays, jelly fish)
Weather check / know before you go
Shelter in place if in doubt Safety Gear List :
PFD / properly fit
Whistle / air horn
Reflective signal device / flares
Extra water & food
Communication / VHF / cell phone (emergency phone numbers)
Wire cutter pliers / hook removal
First Aid Kit / Disinfectant wipes / bleach / Antibiotics / pain killer / eye wash / extra contacts
Rain gear / prepare or dress for water temperature not air temperature
Extra head cover / hat
Binoculars / easier to see destinations and possible rescue opportunities
Flashlight / headlamp – extra batteries
Rope / cordage
Duct tape / repair sealant
Thermal reflective bivy sack
Waterproof - windproof matches or lighter
Anchor / stake out
Paddle &/or kayak leashTips:
Become your own best weatherman
Shelter in place -- if you are in doubt about the safety of your situation.
If paddling or wading – make yourself visible / wear high contrast clothing or a hat
Have your safety gear WITH you – it will not help you when it is left at home.
Take a CPR course
Kayakers crossing channels :
If dark , use a light – it’s the law .
Do not assume that all PBs are lit –many are not.
Assume boaters are not looking for you – they probably aren’t .
Do not be confrontational on the water : As made evident in many threads, both here and elsewhere, many anglers and
boaters are carrying firearms these days. Lightning :
If you are caught outside: (If you are unable to reach a safe building or car, knowing what to do can save your life.)
• If your skin tingles or your hair stands on the end, a lightning strike may be about to happen. Crouch down on the balls of your feet with your feet close together. Keep your hands on your knees and lower your head. Get as low as possible without touching your hands or knees to the ground. DO NOT LIE DOWN!
• If you are swimming, fishing or boating and there are clouds, dark skies and distant rumbles of thunder or flashes of lightning, get to land immediately and seek shelter.
• If you are in a boat and cannot get to shore, crouch down in the middle of the boat. Go below if possible.
• If you are on land, find a low spot away from trees, metal fences, pipes, tall or long objects.
• If you are in the woods, look for an area of shorter trees. Crouch down away from tree trunks.Helping someone who is struck by lightning
When someone is struck by lightning, get emergency medical help as soon as possible. If more than one person is struck by lightning, treat those who are unconscious first. They are at greatest risk of dying. A person struck by lightning may appear dead, with no pulse or breath. Often the person can be revived with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). There is no danger to anyone helping a person who has been struck by lightning - no electric charge remains. CPR should be attempted immediately.
Treat those who are injured but conscious next. Common injuries from being struck by lightning are burns, wounds and fractures.
Re: http://www.health.state.ny.us/environme ... lightning/