One of the most important kayak safety tips is to have basic safety equipment on hand and know how to use it correctly. Here is a list of the minimum kayak safety equipment you should carry with you Cardiff.
- A personal flotation device (PFD).
- A whistle attached to your PFD. If you want to get someone’s attention, blow once. To call for help, blow three times. If this doesn’t work, blow until you get help.
- An emergency communication device. You have two options: a cell phone in a waterproof case if network coverage is good and a VHF radio if you are not connected to the network.
- A bailing bucket or bilge pump is useful to help you get water out of your kayak if your sit-on kayak capsizes.
- A spare paddle in case your paddle breaks or falls overboard. If your tandem kayak , it is best to have two spare paddles.
- A tow rope to help you if you can’t get to shore on your own and need to be towed.
- A headlamp if you are going to paddle and fish in the dark.
- A paddle float used for self-rescue in the event of a capsize.
- A helmet to protect yourself if you are kayaking in fast water and whitewater rapids.
Make a plan, share it and try to follow it
Before you begin your adventure, plan your trip and tell someone else your plan. You can print your plan and give a copy to a family member or friend. Also, leave copies of the plan on your boat and in your car. The plan must include the following information:
- Who: Name each member of your group and add everyone’s contact information
- Where: Name your planned entry and exit, your planned route, your finish line, and estimated time of arrival.
- When: Create as detailed a timeline as possible and notify someone if you’re late
- What: If something goes wrong and you don’t meet the timeline, write down the action plan