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Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is generally differentiated from canoeing by the fact that a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. However, there are many sit-on-top kayaks, and these boats are growing in popularity. They also use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoeists will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat.

White water kayaking involves taking a kayak down rapids. Sea kayaking sometimes also referred to as Ocean Kayaking involves taking kayaks out on to the ocean or other open water i.e a lake. Sea kayaking can involve short paddles with a return to the starting point or "put-in" or expeditions covering many miles and days. Kayaking of all kinds has continued to increase in general popularity through the 1990s and early 21st century.

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How to Prepare for Emergencies in Kayaking

Coastal Kayaking

Preparing, testing, practicing, and learning is the best thing you will ever do before kayaking. In addition, learning all details of kayaking, including strokes, rolls, gear, and more will spare you trouble. If you learn all you can about kayaking before attempting a trip and practice what you learn, likely your sea journey will be a rewarding experience.

On the other hand, if you are like some people who think that ďIf God wants me to die,Ē then I will die, then likely you will endure twists and turns. In other words, these people tend to think that learning, practicing, and all that other good stuff is a waste of time. If itís your time, then you will die no matter how much skills and knowledge you possess. This is far removed from truth and reality.

You will need emergency gear to take along with you on a coastal cruise. The gear should include flare, compass, lifejacket, deck layouts, clothes, bail, chart(s), rudder, spray cover, waterproof covers, spare paddles, and so forth. You will also want to make sure you can attach a sail, dagger, and rig to your boat. Stowage plans is vital.

Stowage plans should include floatation devices, and/or foams. The overall objective however while preparing to kayak across the sea is to plan with stability and balance in mind. Donít forget safety. Coastal cruises will test your kayaks performance. While preparing to travel the sea, make sure you prepare a checklist.

Emergency gear:

Water bottles are a must. If your kayak will hold gear that meets your checklist, carry with you an air mattress. In addition, carry a marine radio, sleeping bag, food and bags, gear for sailing and storms, tent, wash gear, gear for cooking and eating, fuel, compact stove, fly, lantern/lamp, and so forth. You do not want to overload your boat, yet you do want to take enough supplies in the event stowage occurs.

The next thing you want to consider while preparing a journey through the coastlines is weather. Make sure you take time to listen and know the weather before you venture into the sea. Carrying a marine radio was mentioned for a reason as well. The radios often have frequencies that will help you tune into weather forecasts. You can also contact your local airport before you head off on your voyage to learn the weather forecasts. Airports tend to have accurate readings, and their frequencies reach a broad range.

Well, this concludes emergencies, yet you can always learn more about backup plans and kayaking. Kayaking in the sea also requires that you learn, acquire skills, practice, and learn all strategies in kayaking before taking your trip.

If you follow the pro kayakers rule you will have a safe journey. However, if you want to put your hands in the seas reach without following the pro rules; then by all means avoid kayaking. We have enough deaths and reports of injuries in this world without adding to the list.

In addition to emergencies, you want to learn drills for rescues and recovery. Advanced and basic strokes, along with particular rolls can help you re-board capsizing, but in major dangerous situations, the strokes and rolls may not suffice.

If you ever seen surfing adventures, or high tidal waves, you are aware that the waters present extreme dangers. If the ways succeed higher than particular levels, strokes, rolls, and all that other good stuff you learnt may not help you, unless you have accuracy and balance.

We encourage you to read more about rescue drills before venturing off to sea.

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