Sea kayaking, as well as, it must be said, any true life activities, is not safe. Going beyond the threshold of your home, you must remember: you will meet a dangerous and aggressive environment outside. Be careful!
The basic safety rules for kayaking are quite simple. Despite this, the following rules must be observed regardless of gender, age, experience and physical training of the kayaker.
- ALWAYS do wear a life jacket, even if the weather conditions are favorable, the water is warm, and you are a master of sports in swimming.
- Getting in a kayak, do check that all fasteners, zippers and rubber bands are not damaged and perform their functions.
- Check the paddle link bracelet, if available (a cord that holds the paddle to the kayak body, to avoid loss of the paddle).
- Be sure to take enough water and food
- Do not forget a headwear and sunglasses during the summer months.
- Before going out, check the weather forecast at the sailing area. If you go out alone, tell someone where you are going.
- Do not go far from the shore
- Get an insight into dangerous places in the sailing area, landmarks and possible land areas for emergency evacuation.
- At night, be sure to turn on the flashlight so that the surrounding vessels can see your location.
- Try not to go out alone. If you go in a group try to keep within a distance of hearing and visibility.
- Always try not to overrate your abilities when choosing a route.
- In any situation, avoid panic, keep a rational and cold mind.
- In a life-threatening situation, save yourself, not the equipment.
- In case of danger, do know how to give the SOS signal.
- Distribute the load in the kayak in an adequate manner.
When loading a kayak, distribute the weight correctly among the compartments. Do have in mind that the most lightweight part of the kayak is the nose (bow), and in the strong wind the nose will constantly fall off to leeward (turning bow away from the wind), and the kayak will “broach” (sheer from side to side with its nose). In this case, it will be helpful to add to the nose load to increase its draft. But if you run before the sea (go downsea), overloading the bow can increase the nose’s plowing in the waves, when the kayak “nose-dives” on a steep wave into the wave trough. This often leads to capsizing.
If you feel insecure under high wave conditions – just load the kayak with stones, for this ballast will create a kind of a keel and will give the kayak some extra stability.
A kayak is a personal watercraft made of whole-molded, durable plastic (polyethylene), fiberglass or carbon. Allows the user to independently navigate through the water area propelled by paddles. There are single- and two person models, a triple one (2 + 1) makes it able to travel with your children. The kayak occupies a small space and has a low draft, therefore it is ideal for use in small canals, channels and in weedy waters – where other means of transportation are powerless.
General information and rules applicable to the training for kayaking and in force with the self-rented equipment
– We are waiting for you 15 minutes earlier to have time to change clothes and get ready without any ruffle.
– If you are late, we reserve a right to finish the lesson at the scheduled time.
– All information specified in the application for training is correct.
– During training, we take photos and post the best of them on the Аренда каяков/ Kajakiderent Facebook page. If you are against to be photographed and seeing photos with you on the page, please indicate this in the “Additional Information” section.
– We take with great seriousness the protection of your personal data, so we collect only the necessary information and do not share it with third parties.
Safety rules while training for kayaking:
– I never practise kayaking in alcoholic or drug intoxication,
– whether I use a life jacket or not, is my personal responsibility,
– I shall inform the instructor about my possible health problems,
– I treat people around me with due attention,
– I do not endanger myself and others,
– I handle the assigned equipment with care,
– I carefully listen to the instructor and follow his instructions.
Rules for the self-rented equipment for kayaking:
– when receiving the equipment, I check it and make sure that it is safe and sound and works properly,
– in case of equipment breakdown, I undertake to compensate for the repairs or to purchase a new one.
When I come to classes, I DO CONFIRM:
– that I have read the general information about the training course, the safety rules and the rules for the self-rented equipment, and fully agree to follow them;
– I recognize and accept the risks associated with kayaking;
– that I waive any financial or other claims against the organizers of training, as well as against other participants who may accidentally cause me any physical or moral damage during the training.
See you at the waterside!