Phase 1 out of lockdown allows some personal paddling to take place. But have you thought about what you should take with you to help keep yourself safe? Have a read on to see what I’d recommend…
(1) BUOYANCY AID
For me this is the most important item to take with you, and you shouldn’t be on the water without one no matter what your experience is.
Think of your paddling environment and the weather – do you need a helmet, a sun hat or a woolie hat?
Old trainers or water shoes are best. I wouldn’t recommend open-toe sandals or flip flops as you can’t always see what’s under the water.
(4) FIRST AID KIT
You never know what you might need to deal with. Ensure to put in a waterproof container or drybag.
(5) DRY BAG
Useful to keep your items dry, also good for spare clothing, sun lotion, first aid kid, food, mobile phone, etc.
(6) FOOD AND CLEAN WATER
Don’t get dehydrated whilst out paddling and kayaking is a sport and so your body needs fuel to keep it going.
(7) THROW BAG
A throw bag contains a rope that is used to rescue swimmers by pulling them to safety. Can also be used to tow if needed.
If you get in trouble it’s not always possible to yell and have someone hear you. Good practice to have a whistle attached to buoyancy aid.
(9) A KNIFE
If you or someone gets caught in something then a knife can be used to set them free. Folding one hand operating knives are best.
Carry in dry bag. If you need to contact someone urgently or need to stay somewhere – having spare cash is a necessity.