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Things to BringDepending on the length of your trip, you will want to bring along some essential and non-essential items which may enhance your day.
1. Water - will prevent you from becoming dehydrated.
2. Snacks - will often give you that extra boost when you have exherted much energy.
3. Sunscreen - will protect you from the sun's harmful rays.
4. Watershoes - will protect your feet from sharp objects on the bottom of the water.
5. Sunglasses - will protect your eyes from UV rays.
6. Paddle Leash - used to attach the paddle to the boat as a safety.
7. Bilge Pump - used to pump excess water from your kayak.
8. Map - of area you are going to paddle in order to familiarize with the area.
9. Buddy - for company and to share the experience.
10. Communication - in the event something goes wrong you may need to call someone. (Cell phone, two way radio etc.)
11. Bug Spray - can often difine the meaning "going prepared"
12. Hat - used to keep your face and head shaded to avoid over exposure to the sun.
1. Drybags - will keep things from becoming wet while on your trip.
2. Change of clothes - can come in handy after a wet day on the water.
3. Towel - good for cleaning off your sunglasses and face.
4. Binoculars - help you to see those far away animals and sites.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO WEAR A LIFE VEST AND LEAVE A TRIP PLAN WITH SOMEONE!
For some other helpful tips, visit our Kayak FAQ's section.
Safety Awareness Tips!1. After reading articles and books on kayaking, one of the foremost important recognized items for safety is not just having a life jacket but wearing it. Not wearing a life jacket is like not wearing your seatbelt in a car, it is too late to think about it after something happens.
2. Avoid extremes of weather and water, such as high water which tends to move water faster. High winds and storms can turn mild and flat water into a varitable ocean in a matter of minutes. Always monitor the weather closely and check the forecast before heading out on the water. Cold water temperatures can expose the unprotected swimmer to hypothermia which can rob the body of heat and therefore render someone helpless against the effects. Layer your clothing in order to adjust your body temperature.
3. To avoid serious cuts on your feet, always wear shoes or sandals. The bottom of most waterways may have sharp objects such as shells, bottles or other debris.
4. Know CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) Contact your local Red Cross for a list of courses offered. It may save your paddling partner's life.
5. Know the potential hazzards such as tidal currents, landings in surf and other traffic.
6. File a float plan with someone on shore. This could potentially be your only contact for the entire day of paddling. Should anything go wrong, it is comforting to know someone is aware of your paddling destination.
7. Always carry the essential safety equipment such as a throw rope, an extra paddle, paddle float, signaling devise, bilge pump (sit-in style models), paddle leash and first aid kit.
Preparedness and Responsibility is the GoalAlways respect the rights of fisherman and land owners while boating.
Know your limitations before heading out on the water!
Always check out your local weather forecast
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