There is no underestimating the naivete'(or ignorance) of the general public. Before I left Galveston in my sailboat in 1983, I prepped, prepped and over-prepped. I got into The Bahamas and met people, who had never sailed before, who went to the Ft. Likkerdale Boat Show, bought a sailboat, went to the grocery store, then set off across the Gulfstream to 100,000 square miles of islands and reefs, with minimal navigation lights and buoys. I felt like Magellan! The ocean makes NO ALLOWANCES for amateurs and weak parts. The ignorant and unprepared WILL suffer maladies.
Until the government requires licensing of mariners, meaning showing knowledge AND proficiency in things nautical, there will be those that will get themselves into life-threatening situations. Even then, probably. I am NOT in favor of any such programs, and they wouldn't work anyway. The USCG Captain's License program awards licenses to people that scare me badly.
Kayakers that go out in bad conditions, with inadequate gear and won't wear a PFD, will always make the headlines, sadly. You can't fix STUPID. TexasJim
Ciguatera wrote:One of the things that I've done to minimize some of the risk of kayaking solo is that I always carry a PLB with me (in addition to a cell phone, radio, and other safety equipment).
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