Imagine this if you will, you are peacefully kayaking along the Sydney Harbour solo in your brand-new pair of budgie smugglers! The breeze is crisp and fresh, the sun gently beating down on your neck as you glide across the harbour…
When suddenly a passing yellow water taxi knocks you off your brand-new ITIWIT 1-2-person inflatable Cruising Kayak. Your kayak is fine of course, given its high durability and you too are fine, as you are wearing one of our brilliant life jackets, but you cannot help but to wonder...what if?
Okay, back to reality. While the above scenario is unlikely to happen, there are in fact some real dangers to kayaking alone.
In this article, we will go over why it’s best to go kayaking with a buddy, but if you do decide to kayak alone, how you can keep safe.
Why it's best to kayak with a mate
According to the Maritime Safety Department, paddling deaths are on the rise because many people are going at it alone and/or not wearing a life jacket. Apparently, many paddlers do not consider themselves as boaters and therefore are not aware that life jackets are mandatory.
P.S. if getting your hair wet isn’t on your do to list, then we recommend you grab yourselves one of our BA Kayak/SUP/Dinghy Buoyancy AID (50N+) jackets.
What you need when out on the Big Blue
There is an old saying, ‘Prior Planning & Preparation Prevents Poor Performance’, though some Aussies might have a slightly different twist on it. The moral is you need to plan in order to prevent bad things from happening.
Below is a nifty list of things you really ought to consider bringing with you when planning a kayaking trip, solo or with company.
An essential item when kayaking is of course, your kayak. We recommend the ITIWIT X100+ Inflatable High-pressure Dropstitch Floor 3-seat touring Kayak given its easy assembly, high glide performance and you may or may not need to take a few mates along with you.
If you want to avoid ending up on Channel 9, then we really do recommend you wear a life jacket. Why? Because life jackets save lives. In fact, it is estimated that 80 percent of watercraft fatalities could have been avoided using a life jacket.
3. First aid kit
Because you never know when the old band aid could come into handy. Do I hear make-shift patch up? Which brings us to our next item on the list...
4. Repair kit
If in the event your kayak becomes badly damaged, you will probably want one of those to get you back to dry land.
A few extra mentionables…
- Drinkable water is a must. Hydration is key to any performance sport.
- Small pack of high energy foods (aka munchies)
- Dry clothes contained in a waterproof bag
- Mobile phone inside a waterproof container
Kayaking is a wonderful activity and has many positive health benefits such as an overall improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength and reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints given that it is a low impact activity.
But with any activity that involves being on the water, we always recommend you go with a friend. If you’re more of the solo type, always make sure to bring some essential items and let a mate know where you are going and your expected time back.
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