Getting Your Kayak out of the Water
Kayaks come in various styles, lengths, widths and weights. Lifting your kayak from the water after a kayak trip can be a challenge no matter the shape or size of kayak. Kayakers with reduced upper body strength can enjoy kayaking, but hoisting the kayak from the water can be difficult.
Using two KayaArms enables you to easily hoist your kayak out of the water without bending over and putting extra strain on your backs or arms. It also allows you to store your kayak beside the dock, eliminating the need to carry your kayak onto the dock or to the shore for storage.
Tips for Safe Kayaking
Kayaking is an incredibly versatile sport. You can have a relaxing trip on a calm lake, or have a fast-paced adventure in whitewater rapids. Whatever kind of kayaking you prefer, it’s important to learn about kayaking safety and safety hazards before stepping into your kayak.
Wear a Lifejacket
Even if you’re a strong swimmer, you should wear a lifejacket for kayak safety. Wearing a lifejacket can keep you safe when the unexpected happens, so always wear your life jacket.
Dress for Submersion
When you go kayaking, remember there’s always a chance you could end up in the water. Always dress for submersion, especially if you’re kayaking in cold water.
Paddle in Conditions That Match Your Skills
An important safety tip is to paddle in weather and water conditions that match your current skill level. If you’re a beginner, stay close to shore, and kayak in calm weather conditions. Don’t head out into deep water alone, and try to stay close enough that you could swim to shore if necessary.
Don’t Drink and Kayak
It’s never a good idea to drink when doing any sports that could put your safety at risk. If you’re kayaking far from shore, on a river, or in rough conditions, don’t drink and kayak.
How to Right Yourself in a Kayak
Kayaking safety is all about being prepared for any situation. It’s important to know how to right yourself in a kayak in case the kayak flips. If your kayak flips in calm water, don’t panic. Flip the kayak back over, and go through the steps to re-enter your kayak from open water.
If your kayak flips in a strong current, you may not be able to flip the kayak or get back in. Hold the kayak with one arm, and swim back to shore. It’s best to use a backstroke so it’s easier to keep your head above water.
How Easy Is It to Flip a Kayak?
It’s important to be prepared in case your kayak flips, but it’s actually quite difficult to flip a kayak. Kayaks were designed with safety in mind, and they’re hard to flip. It’s unlikely your kayak will flip if you’re kayaking in calm water. You can also prevent your kayak from flipping by staying in the center of your kayak, and always wearing a lifejacket.
Practice Kayak Re-Entry
Before you head out kayaking in open water, experts recommend practicing flipping your kayak as well as kayak re-entry. You’ll build confidence when you learn to safely re-enter your kayak near the shore. You can also work with a kayaking instructor to learn how to roll your kayak, and flip your kayak without getting out.
The Best Weather for Kayaking
If you’re heading out in the kayak, be sure to check the weather before heading out on the water. The best weather for kayaking safety is warm and dry weather, with little or no wind and calm water. If possible, avoid the following weather conditions:
- Stormy weather
- Windy weather that causes rough water
- Foggy weather that reduces visibility
Spur of the moment kayaking trips can be exciting, but it’s unsafe to go kayaking if the forecast is predicting bad weather.
How to Stay Safe When the Weather Changes
Weather patterns can change quickly, and even if you were expecting a beautiful day, you may find yourself kayaking during a sudden weather change. Stay safe by staying alert. Watch for any clouds on the horizon, and notice if the wind changes. If the weather begins changing, get to shore as soon as possible.
However, if the wind is against you, or you lose control of your kayak, don’t fight it. Think about driving on a patch of ice, and trying to regain control of your car. Overcorrecting can make the situation more dangerous, and it’s sometimes safter to let the car slide. When kayaking in bad weather, stay safe by moving with the kayak, and try not to overcorrect to stay in control.