Image result for Safety Items for KayakingSafety is the number one priority when you are a paddler and you paddle on a kayak or any other type of boats. Sometimes people think that they are going for kayaking in a local or familiar water body and ignores the basic safety terms. They take shortcuts or ignore the things that they should do to ensure the safety on the water. A little more consciousness can save you from any dangerous situation on the water. In this article, I will tell you about some safety items for kayaking.

 

Kayaking Safety Items

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You must ensure safety for any kind of outdoor activity. When it comes to water and kayaking, you should not take any chances and maintain proper safety measures. In the following post, you will find some important safety items for kayaking.

 

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Personal flotation device or PFD is also known as a life jacket. It is an absolute requirement for all paddlers. Even the most experienced paddlers who are doing kayaking for many years, also need to wear one life jacket. It is very much possible to fall in a situation where you cannot get to the shore and you are unconscious. It is also possible that you are injured and you are not able to swim. At these very critical moments, a life jacket will help you to stay alive and float on the water. So, no matter how much safe the water is, never forget to wear a life jacket because even very safe and calm water can get dangerous at times.

 

Helmet or Hat

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The type of paddling you will be doing will decide the type of helmet or head covering you will need. If you are a whitewater paddler, you must wear an approved helmet. If you paddle another type of kayaks, you should wear a hat with a brim. This will protect you from the damaging effects of the sun on hot sunny days. In cold days, it will help you to retain body heat.

 

Proper Footwear

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You should wear an appropriate closed toe shoe according to the weather and condition. For cold water kayaking, neoprene socks and booties are great. For warm conditions, old sneakers, water shoes or closed toe sandals will work very well. Whatever the weather condition is, you make sure you are wearing a good pair of shoes because situations like this may come where you would need to walk to the shore. Many unwanted elements like rocks, shells, sea life, glass, etc can cause you injuries if you don’t wear a proper pair of shoes while kayaking.

 

Paddling Whistle

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It is very easy to carry a good kayaking whistle while kayaking. It is impossible to inform anyone when you face any kind of trouble in the water. It is possible only with a whistle which is made especially for kayaking that you will be heard. There is also an alternative which works great is an air horn. They are quite expensive but works very good. You can attach your kayaking whistle with your PFD so that it is always with you all the time.

Water and Snack

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It is very important and essential to carry a full bottle of water with you even if you are going for kayaking for a short period of time. The heat of the sun and wind can have a great effect on your body and it can easily dehydrate you. You will be spending a lot of energy on the kayak which you may not understand. So, bring some light snacks with you so that you don’t feel light-headed from hunger.

 

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You should have a dry bag securely fastened with the kayak. The dry bag should include a variety of important things that you may need such as identification, food, first aid kit, phone, two-way radio, dry shirt, towel and a map of that specific area where you are kayaking. You can have some more important things that you may want to take with you.

 

Rope Throw Bag

A rope throw bag is a safety gear which is used to throw to a swimmer to pull them to safety. You can toe another kayak with this rope to the shore if needed. You may find some other very important uses of this rope. Unwanted situations may come at any time that you never thought off.

 

Knife

Whenever you are taking a rope with you, there is a huge possibility that you would need a knife. People who love outdoor activities must have to carry a knife with them. The knife is told to be a lifesaving gear at any condition. Paddling knives are designed to attach with your PFD for easy accessibility. You will find many other uses of a knife at times.

 

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First aid kit is a very essential gear to have while kayaking. You can make your own first aid kit or simply you can buy one which is pre-packed. They are available in most stores. You can keep this inside the dry bag or in a dry box which you are carrying with you.

 

Sun Protection

There are various sun protecting items that will save you from the beating heart of the sun such as sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, etc. You can use them even in the cold weather when the sun is out. The exposed part of your skin can be really damaged by the heat of the sun. The lip balm will save you from the discomfort which will be created by the wind. Full brim sun hats can be a great option to save your face and neck from the sun rays.

 

Conclusion

Water is never a very comfort zone for anyone and an accident can happen at any time and anywhere. So, it is better to take some necessary safety gears with you while kayaking. Even a very calm situation can be changed at any time. Safety gears can save your and other paddlers life on the water. So, never be lazy and forget to carry those necessary safety gears while kayaking.