Recreational Kayaking Tips and Safety

  • Alcohol and Kayaking don’t mix!
    • Many accidents on the water including medical emergencies are a result of consuming alcohol before and/or during boating activities.
  • Wear a life vest when kayaking.
    • An accident is much easier to prevent with a life vest.
    • Life vests made for kayaking allow for more movement.
  • Kayak within your abilities.
    • Stick to waters you are capable of operating safely on.
  • Stay closer to shore when paddling in busy boating areas.
    • A kayak no matter how brightly colored is hard to see by other boaters.
    • Stick to waters with fewer boating traffic
  • Preplan your adventure.
    • Get familiar with the path you are taking and the water you will be paddling on.
    • Always check weather conditions.
    • Let family and/ or close friends know your adventure plans.
    • Have an emergency procedures plan and know how to contact emergency service.
    • Get familiar with additional take out spots in case early take out is needed.
    • Check with local laws and ordinances.
    • Inspect your gear ahead of time for any damages.
  • Stay clear of obstructions.
    • Fallen trees are extremely dangerous and can have an undertow.
    • Rock formations can have swifter waters around them and can damage kayaks and cause injury.
    • Low bridges and falling waters are best to get out and travel around.
  • Never kayak alone!!
  • Always take necessary gear.
    • Plenty of fluids and snacks.
    • Sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit, whistle, dry gear, and repair kit.
  • Check out nrs.com/learn for great tips and advice for your  kayaking adventure
  • Contact Extreme Sports at 417-659-9009 for tips and tricks for kayaking fun.
  • Have fun Paddling and Stay Safe!
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