Sak Kayaking Safety
Safety under the FAA Association (Federal Aviation Administration) “is no accident.” Since kayaking is a dangerous adventure, you should follow this rule. Kayakers should always make sure they have sufficient skills and equipment before venturing off into a still or moving water experience. Good observation skills will help you to avoid neglect, since you will learn how to read the waters, and expect the worst although it may never happen.
A good kayaker will make sure that the weather is in good condition before venturing off on his journey. Checking the weather before you leave can help you avoid dangerous and stormy weathers. Kayaks are no place to be if the weathers are dangerous, especially if you lack skills.
The first thing you want to do when considering kayak, is to learn the waters. You will need to learn how to use the water as support for your body and kayak. The information you learn should include swimming. Swimming is a skill all kayakers in the professional world possess.
Since at times in kayaks you may flip, you want to master swimming to help you fight fear, panic, and guessing. Kayaking is no place to play guessing games, panic, or express fear. The water is not your best friend. Rather the water has its own life, which includes rocks, boulders, hurry, winds, waves, and rolls. You want to learn swimming effectively to master all potential experiences in waters.
If you need to learn swimming tactics, visit a local area that permits swimming. (Life Guard Supported Preferably) The life guard to provide support to you in the event failure occurs; better yet if you can find an instructor, this is the best way to go. Still, you must practice daily to master the butterfly, breast stroke, and so on. The butterfly will prepare you in the event you want to race your kayak long distance. The breast stroke enforces movement of the legs, which will lead to the “crawl leg.” This is great, since if you tip your kayak, you want to have this crawl down.
If you fear water creatures, then stop. Most times the fishes in the water think of you and your boat is one huge fish they want to stay away from. Unless you are in inland waters, which if you are you should already know that the great whale shark is the only fish that does not care how big you are.
At the swimming pool you can start learning rolling methods used in kayaks. The methods include Eskimo roll, which you should truly learn and master before kayaking. You can also learn how to bail from your kayak in swimming pools. Use a mask at first to prepare for mask usage while first kayaking. After you master the Eskimo roll, you will not need a mask. Once you master swimming go to your nearest area with the plan of practicing in a real kayak. Make the trip a short one at first and then longer each time. If possible take an expert, or instructor along with you.
While you learn swimming, you also want to practice deep sea rescue strategies. Learn more about these strategies to help you prepare. You want to gain confidence while learning all methods in kayaking. Confidence will help you maintain sound mind. After you practice in the swimming pool, you can go out in your kayak (With someone knowledgeable accompany you) and practice the rescue tactics in a real experience. You may have to adjust your learning as you move along, which is fine, since you can learn what works best for you. As well, you will develop newfound skills with each practice you put into action.