Kayaking can be a breath taking experience. Careering down rapids at exhilarating speeds can be an adrenaline rush. Unfortunately, kayaking can also be quite a dangerous experience, and is a major source of accidents on holiday. In one week of April of 2010 alone, four people died in three separate kayaking accidents across the UK & Ireland.
Remember to take the appropriate measures in order to prevent accidents.
Here are some tips to avoid accidents whilst kayaking:
- Always ensure that you wear adequate safety equipment. A life jacket is essential when kayaking and should be worn at all times. In accordance with HSE guidelines, life jackets should be checked at least once a year to check for buoyancy. A proper life jacket should keep your head above water at all times
- Flipping over in a kayak can be a dangerous thing if you are not sure what to do when it happens, particularly if you are white water kayaking. That is why every kayaker should practice flipping their kayak over and performing what is known as a wet exit.
- 1) Ensure the Kayak is upside-down.
- 2) Tuck forward in the Kayak.
- 3) Pull the Grab Loop on your Spray Skirt.
- 4) Push the Kayak up and away from your body.
- 5) Swim to the surface and get your gear.
- 6) Get to shore.
Although Britain is home to many scenic recreational lakes, kayaking is a sport which many people tend to do when going abroad. Be careful when abroad, as regulations and health & safety standards may not be as rigorous as those we enjoy at home.
Remember, if you’ve been injured as the result of kayaking within the last 3 years, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation, even if the accident happened whilst abroad. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our Freephone lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 where a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call. Alternatively, you can find out online in less than 30 seconds, whether you may qualify for compensation, by taking our 30-second test.
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