Kayaking is brilliant. Whether you’re catching waves and rushing to shore or gently paddling around placid, idyllic waters, sitting atop the ocean in a kayak is the perfect addition to a either a beach and sunshine or action-packed adventure holiday.
As with all watersports, kayaking also carries with it a number of inherent risks. There are a number of basic precautions to take when kayaking to ensure the only memories you take are happy ones and injuries are not caused.
Precautions to take when kayaking on-shore
The first step to staying safe when kayaking is to know your surroundings. If you’re heading out to sea, be aware of tide times and, especially when it will change and start to go out. Also make sure you know the expected weather and water conditions. Will high winds bring large swells? Will the roaring sun pose skin health risks? These are all things you need to know before heading out.
If you’re hiring, make sure you do so from a reputable company. There’s no point trying to save money and ending up in a kayak that is unsafe.
Finally, let people on land know where you plan on going and how long you plan to be. This way, if anything goes wrong, the alarm can be raised as soon as possible.
Precautions to take when kayaking off-shore
Once all of the above is sorted, it’s time to look at what’s going to come with you. The bare essentials include:
- A life jacket
- Sun-cream, a hat and other sun protection
- Suitable clothes for getting wet – swimsuits, rash vests etc.
Depending on the length and location of your journey, you may also wish to take protective equipment such as a helmet (if you capsize, a kayak to the head is NOT pleasant) or gloves to prevent blisters. If you’re heading out for a long time, water and food supplies are also important.
The most important element of kayaking is to have fun. Following these basic precautions will help, though of course kayaking accidents can still occur. If they do, and you are injured as a result, it’s important to remember that you may be due compensation.
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Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice