KAYAK BOAT SAFETY MATLACHA



Kayaking Boat Safety

Navigational Rules for Kayaking - what does this mean?
If you are paddling in a location where motorized boats share the water, you should know the rules. Because you are in a paddle craft, it does not mean that you have the right of way. The Navigation Rules do not give any vessel the right of way. Instead - the circumstances determine who has the right of way.

PADDLING ALONE

There are varying opinions about paddling alone or with companions. There is no question however, that beginners should always paddle with a companion.

ABOUT STABILITY

You'll hear the terms "initial stability" and "secondary stability". Here's what that's all about.

INITIAL STABILITY

Is the side to side movement. If you’re just learning how to kayak, you'll get used to the feel of this (initial) motion very quickly.

The secondary stability is the point at which a hull will flip (the point of no return). In other words; how far it will lean before overturning. After you get used to the initial stability you will understand that the "secondary stability" is far more important. This is the motion that limits your movement.



Kayaking Self Help Videos

Please take some time are review these helpful kayaking videos so you know how to control your kayak and kayak safety on open water.

When the Wind comes Up
When learning how to kayak, the wind can pose challenges. On calm water even, a brisk breeze can make it suddenly difficult to paddle. You will find yourself paddling like crazy but don't seem to be getting anywhere!

In this situation paddle at an angle to the wind and make your way closer to the shore line where you will find it easier to paddle. From there, you can paddle the perimeter of the area. This may take longer but you won't be as tired.