Kayaking on the Hudson

Thursday, March 3, 2011

10 Rules for kayaking alone

Kayak safety rule #2 – Never paddle alone.  Paddle in groups—preferably 3 or more.
So what do you do if you want to find solitude?  What if none of your friends are around?  I cannot recommend that you paddle alone.  (That would violate my own rule!)  But, I can be realistic and face the fact that many paddlers do paddle alone.  So, hypothetically speaking, if you were to go out on your own, here’s how you could lessen the risks.

1.    Never, ever violate safety rule #1- WEAR YOUR LIFE VEST!
2.    If possible, paddle someplace where there are lots of other people around.
3.    Make sure you bring all of your first-aid and safety gear.
4.    Bring a foam paddle float and practice using it before you got out alone.
5.    Leave a plan with someone who will notice if you don’t come home.
6.    Be sure to bring extra everything – food, water, clothing, and a flashlight.  You may get into a situation that requires you to get on land and wait for help.
7.    Bring a cell phone (but don’t count on it working).
8.    Paddle somewhere that you already know- to limit the chance of getting lost.
9.    Avoid dangerous paddling areas.
10.     Use common sense and don’t take any unnecessary risks.

See you on the water,
Don Urmston

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