Doug Poudre wrote:To put the lifejacket on properly, loosen all the straps, put the jacket on and buckle/zip it up. Start at the bottom and start cinching the straps. You want the jacket as low as you can comfortably wear it and as tight as you can. I usually keep the bottom cinch tight so that it doesn't ride up on me if I take a swim and loosen the upper so I can breath. If I take a swim, I can tighten all the straps when floating on my back. The shoulder straps are probably the most important so that the jacket hugs your body and doesn't hinder re-entry. Keeping the jacket low on your torso will help to float you higher.
You don't want the jacket riding up around your neck or off you.
Hope this helps.
Be safe and have fun.
Birdsnest wrote:[Start Rant]
No offense meant to anyone, but I am still gobsamcked by the lack of interest in kayak fishing safety, and the lack of interest in paddling efficiently...
What bothers me most is the potential for the negligence of others to effect my safety and the safety of my friends. If you're in trouble I am gonna try and help so it becomes dangerous for me/us. But, make no mistake, if you are in trouble because you choose to be lazy and/or ignorant... well, that's just weak.
There are so many resources and opportunities out there and I humbly suggest folks take advantage of them.
Most importantly, and I know the subject gets beat to death, but ferf#$%^sake: Wear your PFD.
The "seatbelt argument" is so appropriate here. You can drive for ten years wearing your seatbelt and never need it. But, come the day you finally T-bone another car going 40 you better hope you have it on. A PFD is the similar bean. 99.99% of the time you won't need it, but when you do... I sure hope you have it on.
unclejnb wrote:Timely topic! Two weeks ago I almost had the worst fishing day of my life. I was kayak fishing with a friend at Boliver, when unbeknownst to me, he was blown by very high winds, across the intercoastal into the bay where he promptly capsized, losing almost all his gear. Because of his inflatable vest (which fortunately worked) he was unable to reenter his yak, and held on for an hour and a half until a hell-of-nice guy (goes by Mustfish on 2coolfishing) ran out and rescued him about 2 miles out, before the Coast Guard got there.(If you're reading this Mustfish, THANKS AGAIN!) Other than being a little traumatized, he was fine, HOWEVER after thinking about what happened, I realized how easily this could have turned into tradegy. Luckily, I found a witness to what had happened, so I knew where the hell he was. But if he had been wearing waders, or the water had been colder, or if it had been raining or dark (and been harder to see) he could have easily drowned or at least spent the whole night hanging on for dear life.
Other than his vest, he had no safety gear. Just a whistle could have made a difference, as there was a power boat not far away. Of course, even if he had a phone or VHS, he probably would have lost it when capsizing. How many of us think of tieing down our VHS?
He mentioned that years ago, he often kayak fished alone, but that will NEVER happen again.
Ms addicted wrote:Anyone want to volunteer their pool for re-entry experiments???
racingdc9 wrote:Hello all. I'm new to the forums and new to kayaking. I just bought one(new Ridge 135) and can't wait to get on the waters. I've been reading all of your post's on here and to tell you the truth i'm kinda scared now. I admit, i'm not the best swimmer and not in the best of shape. I'm 5'8 250lbs, I don't look overly obese, and have always been athletic in my younger days, now I golf and fish. I've been watching youtube videos on how to paddle and how to re-enter and how to flip the kayak if I ever turtle. I definitely bought a PFD and intend to use it all the time. I never plan to ever go by myself. I intend to go with a friend or in a group at all times.
To be clear, before I head out for my first time I should have all of these items, correct?
On PFD: whistle, knife, wire cutters, cellphone in a waterproof bag
In dry bag: used cd, first aid kit, emergency kit ie: flairs, etc...
I live in katy, tx. Do any of you know where I can take my kayak to and practice re-entry techniques?
The places I will most likely go to with my friends, is Christmas bay, slp, texas city dike, pretty much all the popular places in galveston
Any other words of wisdom do you guys have for a first time yakker.
billy bobba wrote:Sorry Doug --
I was simply trying to help move the discussion and the list along.
If I am ignorant or misinformed on some topics -- I apologize.
I will leave all future posts to you, since you are so well trained and versed in this topic.
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