Thursday, April 2, 2009

Safety standards to be followed

-safety standards to be followed
* Check your equipment to ensure that your kayak is seaworthy with no cracks or holes to the hull
* The paddle is not damaged in any way as this is your means of propulsion.
* Always wear your safety gear - a PFD (personal flotation device) is a must.
* It is always advisable to kayak with a friend/s or if kayaking alone ensure you inform a family member/friend where you intend to kayak and for how long.
* Is it permissible to kayak at the location of your intended kayaking session?
* Do other people use the same location for swimming or local fisherman for their livelihood - they have as much right if not more to enjoy themselves – COURTSEY and CONSIDERATION will go a long way to ensure you have an enjoyable day and enhance the reputation of the sport for yourself and other kayakers.
* Check tide conditions - it is safer to kayak on an incoming tide (high) as compared to an outgoing tide (low) , strong/rip currents, is the area clear of rocks and any other hidden dangers, local people are your best source of information to any dangers you may encounter heed their advice.
* When launching and landing your kayak ensure there is enough distance between you and any other water users.
* Do not kayak in stormy or rainy weather.
* Do not attach yourself to your kayak by a rope or bungee cord this can cause you harm if you do capsize especially in surf as the kayak will hit you.
* Last but not least Kayak ONLY AS FAR AS YOU ARE WILLING TO SWIM.

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