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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
What to Keep in Mind when Kayaking
Kayaking is growing in popularity, but as with any outdoor sport, it is best done safely. There are 3 different levels of kayaking, and all have specific requirements if they are to be successful:
Kayaks are available that allow the paddler to sit on top of the boat or inside, and these boats are available as inflatable or rigid body vessels. Regardless of your skill level and what kind of kayaking you have in mind, it is of the utmost importance that you wear a flotation device at all times while in the kayak. The flotation device will be your most important piece of equipment.
There are other safety considerations when planning on even a short recreational trip in your kayak: always kayak with a friend, let relatives or friends know where you will be going and when you will return, and keep a weather eye out. Weather can change rapidly, especially on large bodies of water like the Great Lakes or ocean so be sure to check current weather reports before setting out.
Staying Healthy on Your Trip
Kayaks do have storage space in them, and those who will be taking longer trips will be taking along extra gear and perhaps some food. Because it’s likely that you’ll be getting wet at some point of your journey, you may want to take along a change of clothing in a waterproof bag. Those who are camping will need a sleeping bag at the very least.
Water can be a problem – containers of water are heavy and take up a considerable amount of room if a sea kayaking expedition is planned. For those kayaking on fresh water, the simplest solution is to bring along your own purification unit. Bottle water filters are probably the easiest and most convenient way to enjoy safe water during your trip; you can simply fill them from the lake or river and squeeze or pump out clean water. Water filter bottles will generally filter about 100 gallons of water.
Water filter straws are another option and will allow you to simply sip right out of the body of water (or a cup if you prefer). These are very light in weight and small in size and will filter between 25 and 100 gallons depending on brand.
Those who are combining kayaking with camping will find that a portable/camping water filter such as a pump or gravity feed water filter will provide plenty of pure, safe water for all members of the party to drink.
by: Chris Tracey