Kayaking in fast river currents can be thrilling, but it’s also extremely dangerous if you don’t take proper safety precautions.
Kayaking is a great way of exploring the natural environment. The fast river currents provide the perfect activity for thrill-seekers, adrenaline junkies and adventurous explorers. However, it is also essential to protect yourself against potential kayaking accidents on holiday, or at any other time.
What are the main dangers of kayaking in fast river currents?
The first and most obvious, danger when kayaking in fast river currents is the unpredictable nature of, well, nature. Currents can twist and turn, speed up and generally change at a moment’s notice.
This makes it very difficult for kayak tour organisers and companies to accurately plan for all eventualities. Of course, they can make educated predictions regarding what the weather is likely to be, and what sort of impact this will have. But to a certain extent, they are powerless.
Sticking with the natural environment, one of the other main dangers of kayaking in fast river currents is the surrounding physical structures. The best and most exhilarating kayak courses crash through narrow pathways, lined by rocky cliffs and banks.
Rock formations in the water create the crashing waves and white water that make kayaking in fast river currents such an exciting experience. However, they also pose a major health hazard. You don’t even need to capsize or be thrown from the kayak to risk being hurt. A glancing blow on a rock, or crashing into one, can cause a serious kayak accident and considerable pain.
How can I stay safe when kayaking in fast river currents?
Firstly, unless you are a confident and experienced kayaker, don’t travel through difficult terrains and river currents. If you are keen to take the challenge on, then do so with plenty of protective equipment. The basics include:
- A life jacket
- A helmet
- A wetsuit
- Protective gloves
If you are kayaking in fast river currents through a company, then all of the above will be provided by the tour organisers. They will also go through the correct kayaking techniques and safety procedures with you before setting out.
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Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice