- Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:56 pm
I cloak myself within my 'grumpy ol' man' bubble and give my two cents worth.
The unexpected happens now and then. However, the 'unexpected' can be prevented in most kayak mishap cases.
1. If you haven't practiced how to , or simply can't get back into your kayak from deep water...,then don't kayak in deep water.
2. Learn to brace. If you keep your paddle in the proper position for a 'brace', you won't tip over in tippy conditions.
3. Wearing a proper life jacket (not a blow up) is as important as a paddle...,maybe more so.
4. In my opinion, anyone, this side of a very well experienced kayaker, is flirting with untenable danger by venturing off shore. If venturing BTB alone,
then you fall into a uniquely different category all together.
5. Kayaks are not the safest water conveyance. Take paddling lessons from an expert. Know your kayaks limits. know your own limits.
I have seen kayaking grow exponentially over the past 15 years. I have also seen the gulf coast inland waters become inundated with power boats. The two are not a good mix, and the looser when a collision does occur, is a foregone conclusion. This is especially true when one considers that the only qualification for operating either water craft, is the money to pay for one.
So, be smart, be educated, be aware, and be respectful.
The entirety of the above rambling diatribe does not apply to those under 25. They are as bullet proof as we were at that age, and not yet introduced to the intricate realities of the world.