I have been building confidence and am now paddling solo outside the harbor. Currently my safety gear is paddle float, bilge pump, mirror, and whistle. As I paddle I go through worst case scenarios and feel i may want to add a flare, die pack, flashlight.
I am looking for suggestions on other items I might want to carry. Which of these items will work well for a kayak. Where should I carry them, in the boat or PFD?
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Posted by: roanguy on Oct-06-12 6:48 AM (EST)
a PLB (Personal locater beacon) if you do a lot of off shore paddling.
VHF Marine Radio|
Posted by: jbernard on Oct-06-12 7:19 AM (EST)
This is the only piece of safety gear I've ever had to use "for real". Get a good waterproof one, carry it on your body and learn how to use it- it does have limitations.
Self-rescue/VHFw-weather alert-on PFD|
Posted by: Celia on Oct-06-12 7:56 AM (EST)
I've added smoke (can or stick) to my|
Posted by: ricknriver on Oct-06-12 8:02 AM (EST)
safety bag. Generally easier to see in day time. Flares best at night. Glad you're thinking safety. R
Emergency survival kit|
Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-06-12 9:57 AM (EST)
I carry an emergency survival kit, the kind carried by hikers. It fits in a quart-size bag and weighs about a lb. To that I add a small tarp.
way to communicate|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Oct-06-12 11:01 AM (EST)
I agree with the personal locator beacon and VHF comments. Either (or both) would be good. Spot is probably the best known of the PLBs. You wouldn't need something as formal as the EPIRBS that larger boats often use. These devices are great for getting word that you are in trouble out and where you are at, but they are one way (they only say someone is in trouble and their location - not type of trouble nor can the rescuers communicate back).
Spot is way to expensive vs a PLB|
Posted by: roanguy on Oct-06-12 11:58 AM (EST)
A PLB has a one time cost and then every five years you replace the battery.
First Aid kit?|
Posted by: PJC on Oct-06-12 3:12 PM (EST)
If not a "worst case scenario", at least a "bad case scenario" would probably involve being washed up on some isolated rocky shore, battered by rocks on the way in... kayak smashed up, electronics drenched... might be really handy to have a decent first aid kit stashed somewhere in the wreckage...
Posted by: rpg51 on Oct-06-12 6:07 PM (EST)
is my number one item. They have gotten really chap and they are useful literally everywhere. But only when life is on the line. Spot useful most places but not everywhere, VHF good on coastal waters. Knife is good to have.
Posted by: nickjc on Oct-06-12 9:01 PM (EST)
check out the sea rating system.
Is there a skirt on your kayak?|
Posted by: string on Oct-06-12 9:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: Photobug on Oct-06-12 11:37 PM (EST)
I have a half skirt, which is pretty much only good to keep my legs from getting sunburned and splashes from landing in the cockpit. I also have a spray skirt that fits my wife's boat she refuses to use, it fits okay on my boat to keep higher splashes out but would not stand up to a huge splash or a roll.
Where are you paddling?|
Posted by: seadart on Oct-07-12 1:11 AM (EST)
"Die pack" is a horrible typo!|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-07-12 1:33 AM (EST)
Or a Freudian slip?
EPIRB and sling stirrup|
Posted by: fastyak on Oct-07-12 1:48 AM (EST)
When I take my folder to the Caribbean, I carry an EPIRB since there is little land and a lot of water. If you are not 100% confident you can reenter your kayak, consider a paddle float and a stirrup sling and practice self rescue a lot.