1. Carry a rudder
Kayaking is a sport that can be both
enjoyable but also dangerous if you’re not well prepared. A rudder will help you balance your kayak
when you venture into windy water bodies. Whenever the kayak hits the wind, it
becomes harder to keep it moving straight, because it naturally wants to turn
in the direction the wind is going. This condition is known as weather cocking
and having a rudder is the best way to counter it. It’s mostly helpful in large
water bodies that experience a lot of wind.
2. Know your limitations
Always keep your kayak in water that has
protection from strong wind and waves. If you want to go into water that has no
wind protection or go far away from the shore, ensure that you can comfortably
swim. At the same time put protection measures in place for the people with you.
Take a sea kayaking course and make sure you have appropriate rescue skills.
3. Ensure safe transportation of kayaks
Roof racks that usually come with most cars
aren’t good enough to transport a kayak safely. Ensure you fit a new suitable
roof rack that will prevent your kayak from falling off as you drive, and still
make loading and offloading easy.
4. Make use of torso rotation
Use the power from your entire upper body
for your strokes other than just using the arm muscles. When talking a forward stroke,
move your entire upper body forward. The same applies to taking strokes on the
sides. Twist your waist in order to move your entire upper body so that you can
avoid pulling with only the arm muscles.
5. Be safe
As much as kayaking is a safe activity,
always be prepared for any dangerous situations that may arise. It’s advisable
to always avoid drinking alcohol in a kayak and have the right type of
clothing. You should also keep your life jacket on at all times.