The most important factor to safe sea kayaking is having the knowledge and experience to judge the level of potential danger and the ability to accurately compare it to your groups capabilities leaving adequate margin for error. Gaining this knowledge is your responsibility if you decide to go sea kayaking.
WHAT IS SEA KAYAKING?
For some people, Sea Kayaking offers physical exercise from relaxing to strenuous.
For others it’s people who seek adventure, exploring local waterways or staging expeditions to the most remote areas of the world.
Unlike other outdoor (or even sporting) activities it is a sport for a lifetime, with active paddlers well into their 80’s still enjoying the experience.
THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF SEA KAYAKING
1. paddling on a sit-on-top kayak – usually at a holiday resort.
2. day trips (or shorter) where you paddle the local waters we call them discovery journeys.
3. expeditions – where you use the sea kayak to go long distances – very often multi day trips.
4. surf kayaking – riding waves in the ocean or at the beach for excitement and thrills
IS SEA KAYAKING SAFE?
Paddling a sea kayak is easy to learn, perhaps too easy.
A novice can easily paddle (blunder) into many situations a more knowledgeable kayaker would avoid that could require expert paddling skills to survive. In skilled hands, sea-kayaks are extraordinarily seaworthy craft.
Sea kayaking has proven to be a safe form of recreation for those who have taken the time to learn the basic skills and understand the potential hazards.