In the last decade kayaking has become more popular every year, both sea kayaking and white-water kayaking. They’re both a challenging and fun way to get closer to nature and test yourself at the same time. Both types require a firm minimum knowledge base that you can obtain at courses in kayaking clubs.
- Good base layers, must insulate even when wet
- Waterproof outerwear – kayak suit
- Life jacket should always be used
When planning a sea kayak trip the same rules apply as with other trips: give a copy of your travel plan to somebody who will stay onshore. The plan should say where you’re going, how long you’re travelling and where you’re staying for the night. Thoroughly check the weather and wave forecast for the route that you’re planning to go on and what the tide and currents are like there. The equipment list should always include a GPS device and a telecommunication device, and both should of course be water resistant or be kept in waterproof containers. Last but not least, sea kayakers should be able to easily get themselves out of the kayak if the kayak capsizes. However, even better would be to know the special kayak roll and be able to right the kayak yourself. As in all trips, an excellent and experienced travelling companion is worth his or her weight in gold.
White water kayaking
Organising white-water kayaking trips has completely different rules. In white-water kayaking it’s vital that the entire group have adequate experience so that everybody can react if anything goes wrong. The trip should always be geared for the least experienced member of the group. If the river hasn’t been previously kayaked, one should familiarise oneself with rapids, whirlpools, strong currents, waterfalls, and other things that can affect the kayakers’ safety. Besides good clothing, the equipment list should also include a throw line, first aid kit, telecommunications device and of course extra clothes.
Finally, it should be mentioned to carefully put the kayaks back on a trailer or onto the roof of a car because not only can the kayaks be damaged if they are blown around by the wind, but they can also cause serious accidents