August 14th 2023 6 pm
Enjoy your kayaking fun on the water and stay safe with these Friday 5 tips:
- First on the list, and a definite must, is to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest, appropriately sized to fit, for each person.
- Bring a sound-producing device, i.e., a whistle or horn, that can be heard for a half mile away. This is important to let boaters know you are near. Get one with a lanyard and attach it to your life vest so you will never be without it.
- If you plan to head out at dawn for that first great topwater bite or at dusk for a sunset, have a light or flashlight with 360 degrees visibility for at least one nautical mile and three distress signaling devices, such as three red flares approved for day and night use. A headlamp is also very useful.
- Always provide your trip details to someone outside of your kayaking group with your where, what and when and that you will give them a call when you return.
- Lastly, it’s a good idea to review how to re-enter a kayak while in deep water. Check out a video here.
Preplanning will maximize your fun on the water. Be sure to review the latest U.S. Coast Guard requirements before beginning your trip.