Survivor guide: Kayaking

Kayaking, particularly on holiday, can make for an enthralling and unforgettable adventure. Whether it’s as part of a romantic trip or an exploratory journey with family and friends, the freedom to go your own way and the scenery you discover can make it the highlight of your trip.

A serious accident on holiday and subsequent travel accident compensation claim, however, can permanently scar any memory of a holiday you may have.

In this regard, there are some essential safety guidelines that need to be followed when kayaking abroad. Personal injuries on holiday can be hugely damaging in both a physical and emotional sense.

Avoiding having an accident on holiday while kayaking

The first step is to ensure you are comfortable and confident in what you are doing. However experienced a kayaker you may be back home, different waters present different challenges and dangers.

Know the area

Simply climbing aboard and setting off is likely to only result in a travelling accident. Things like currents, tidal changes and even wildlife all have the potential to cause serious injuries on holiday.

Check who you are hiring from, or ask a local guide, about any potential dangers you should be aware of and play it safe until you feel more confident.


If hiring your kayak, make sure it is from a professional, reputable company. Out on the water is not the place to discover a leak or break a paddle.

If you plan on heading out deep, then a life-jacket is an absolute must. You also need to take the weather into account and ensure you have hats, sunscreen and whatever else may be appropriate.


Should the worst happen and you do suffer an accident on holiday, the fact that you are out at sea may mean it’s some time until help arrives. For this reason, you should avoid kayaking alone wherever possible and carry plenty of food and water with you.

In fact, kayaking is hard enough in perfect conditions so fluids and sustenance should always be needed. If you are planning a solo adventure, inform people where you are going so that, if you do suffer an injury whilst travelling, the alarm can be raised quickly.

Accident Advice Helpline are there to assist with any holiday accident claims you may have. With over ten years experience, they know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.

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