“The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to seek the depths.”Herman Hese
Kayaking Safety Video
Summer is the best weather condition. The atmosphere is very friendly and favorable. This is the best condition for Water Sports. This is because during Summer, the rivers,lakes, seas and oceans are calmer and more tolerable for sports. This Article will discuss the best watersports you can enjoy during summer.
They are as follows:
Kayaking is a Watersport that involves paddling using a small boat known as a Kayak and a double-bladed Oar. Kayaks come in a variety of sizes however most Kayaks have an enclosed deck that covers the legs. The Kayak sits low in water and most types will usually accommodate a single paddler, however there are some Kayaks like the Tandem Kayak that can hold two people. Kayaking is a versatile sports. It can be done in any body of water and can easily be paired with fishing. Different Kayaks are designed for different conditions.
Surfing is a Watersport in which the Surfer rides on the forward part of a moving wave. Waves suitable for surfing are usually found in the Ocean. Surfing is an addictive watersport. This is because hardly do you see a first time Surfer who does not return for more of the sport. There are two categories of Surfers. Those who do it as a recreational activity and those who make it a central focus of their lives. The sport of surfing is currently a Multi-Billion dollar Industry.
Kite-Surfing is a watersport that involves a surfer riding on a Surf Board holding on to a Kite. Kite-Surfers do not rely on waves for motion. They rely on the power of the wind that is harnessed by the Kite. The motion of a Kite-Surfer is controlled by the Kite.
Jet-Skiing is a watersport in which a person rides a Jet-Ski in water and jumps over the wave. This is a watersport that emphasizes speed. Jet Skis are incredibly fast. Jet-Sking is a very safe watersport as the Jet-Ski is a completely mechanical device that propels itself. A Jet-Ski has a start and stop button, it also has a throttle to increase speed. Modern Jet-Skis are equipped with a speedometer and a fuel gauge.
Tubing is a watersport in which a person rides inside a tube on the water. There are two types of Water tubing. There is the towed tubing and free-floating tubing. In a towed tubing, the riders connect their tubes to a Watercraft for instance a motor boat. The rider is then towed through the water by the Watercraft. In free-floating tubing, the riders are not connected to a Watercraft and rely on the Water current for motion through the water.
Parasailing is a watersport whereby a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that resembles a parachute. This specially designed canopy wing is known and referred to as the parasail. The Parasailor is attached to the parasail by an harness which in turn is connected to a moving boat.
7. WAKE BOARDING:
Wakeboarding is a watersport that involves riding a wake board connected to a speed boat on the surface of the water. The Wake Boarder is usually towed at a speed of between 30-40KM per hour depending on the Boarder’s weight and size of the wakeboard.
Looking to go kayaking or canoeing? Like all outdoor activities, there will be some clothing and equipment that you will need so as to remain safe and comfortable while on water. Below is a basic accessory list that will detail 10 kayaking equipment you shouldn’t go without.
1. Decent paddle
Make sure to purchase a paddle that is not necessarily cheap. A nice paddle will ensure that your outing is enjoyable as it is lighter and therefore able to swing around very easily. To support this, try out a high end carbon fiber and you will understand how easy and comfortable it is when compared to the cheap ones. Try not to purchase a long paddle. A Paddle is considered the right size by placing it vertically and reaching up then wrapping your fingers around the end of the paddles comfortably making sure that you do not stretch while doing so.
2. Paddle float
This is a bag that is inflatable and is used during a self-rescue like when you fall out of the kayak and need to return into it. One method of returning to a kayak is inflating a paddle float on a single blade of the paddle and then using it like an out-trigger to get back in. There are paddle floats which feature a dual chamber enabling you to have another float if one of them fails.
3. Life-vest that is specific to kayaking
Life-vests that are specifically made for kayaking differ from other life-vests differently. Some differences are: The kayaking life-vest has a higher back which does not interfere with the seat of the kayak, the kayaking life-vests have been designed to fit comfortably for kayaking movements, and the kayaking life-vest has a comfortable fit so that you do not get rubbed the wrong way when you paddle. Some models also come with pockets that enable you to put things like cameras, snacks, radios, etc.
4. Bilge pump
When water gets into your kayak, you will need to get out. This especially occurs during capsize. It can also come from splashes, waves, or boat wake. In canoes, people tend to use buckets but buckets don’t work efficiently in kayaks because it is difficult to get the bucket filling the small area available. A bilge pump can pump out water very quickly and efficiently.
5. Spray skirt
A spray skirt is normally worn around the waist. While sitting on water, the skirt will seal the opening of the cockpit ensuring that water is kept out of the boat. If paddling is going to be done in a water area that is large or in weather that is not very friendly, then you will need to purchase a spray skirt.
6. Dry bags
Keeping your items and spare clothes dry while you are in the water is very important and you may require a container that is waterproof for this. It is recommended to bring at least 2 bags each trip you take. One bag will contain spare clothes and the other will have things like cell phones, wallets and other things that you normally bring with you. It is much easier to locate space for smaller dry-bags than larger ones while packing a kayak. For small items like cell phones and wallets, consider using a 5 liter bag and for the rest of the items, use a 10 liter bag.
Whistles are helpful in making other people who are travelling in boats recognize you. In some waters, it is a required item while in water and it can also be used to communicate with other paddlers. They can also be used during an emergency so as to get attention.
8. Rescue sling
A rescue sling can help you to get back into the boat by providing you with something to step on if all other attempts fail. After the sling is wrapped around the coaming of the cockpit, you proceed to stepping on the sling and then getting into the boat. It can also help when you are trying to rescue someone else.
If your kayak does not have bulkheads, then ensure that you carry flotation with you. If a kayak is filled with water, then it will not float well. Various manufacturers deal with this problem by adding hatches and bulkheads so as to create storage areas that are airtight and watertight. When coming out of the boat, the cockpit is filled with water and the bulkheads aid by keeping the ends dry. If a boat lacks bulkheads, it will end up filling with water thus making rescue and recovery very hard even for paddlers who are experienced. Float bags are purchased so as to help prevent this problem that occurs especially in recreational kayaks.
10. Compass and map
Some waterways tend to be confusing and so you will require a compass and a map so that you can get a sense of direction. It is recommended to mount one compass on the kayak and another simpler one on the life-vest.
These are some of the recommended kayaking equipment that you may require on a kayaking trip. While there is other equipment that you may need especially when paddling on larger bodies of water, these ones will ensure that you have a safe and comfortable trip when kayaking on smaller waters.