We’re back and we have a great new blog for you this week! We know that all of you enjoy adventures both planned and spontaneous. One of the most important parts of kayaking, hiking, and camping is making sure that you’ve covered all of your bases when it comes to safety.
Kayak safety has some pretty specific elements that you should be paying attention to when you take your Justin Case Kayak out on the water. We’ve compiled a list here for your reference. Make sure to check it out each time you go adventuring. We want to help make sure you stay safe and happy for more adventures in the future.
Check the Weather
Before you head out, check the weather for the place you are going to be kayaking. As you know, weather can make lakes, fjords, rivers, and more unpredictable and choppy. While a little wind and a few waves are not the end of the world, going out on the water when there are big waves, strong currents, rain, lightning, or other precipitation can put you at risk. The U.S. Coast Guard provided some great information about the importance of checking the weather here: http://www.canoekayak.com/start-paddling/sea-paddling-safety-101/#KFOrwMifSwp2R8bm.97
When you check the weather, it is the ideal time to decide what kind of clothing you should wear. If it is going to be rainy, make sure you bring a raincoat and maybe some waterproof pants. Cold weather calls for heavier coats, gloves, hats, and maybe scarves. If it is going to be sunny, be sure you are adequately protected from the sun. When you are on the water, the sun reflects off the water and can increase the likelihood of getting a bad sunburn. Our advice is to make sure you tuck a bottle of sunscreen into your bag to have at all times since you can get sunburnt in the winter too.
Personal Flotation Devices
This is something that some adventures forget all too frequently. It is so important to make sure that you not only have a flotation device in your kayak at all times when you are on the water but that you make sure less experienced kayakers are wearing them. When you buy your Justin Case Kayak, make sure you purchase a floatation device too. You can find a great variety of options here: https://www.harmonygear.com/subcategory/221677/Flotation/v/500
Do Not Paddle Alone
Adventuring isn’t as fun unless you have someone to share it with. When you go kayaking, make sure you bring a fellow adventurer. Even if they are not paddling themselves, make sure they can see you from the shore. Having an extra person with you guarantees that you have someone to help if something bad happens. If you insist on going out on the water alone, make sure that you take your personal floatation device and tell someone you trust exactly when you plan to leave, where you are going, and when you will return. That way someone will know to come looking for you if you get into trouble.
You can read more safety tips here: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/Documents/health-promotion-wellness/summer_safety/Canoeing_Kayak_Safety.pdf
Justin Case Kayak’s Commitment to Safety
The team at JCK wants to make sure that all of our customers are fellow explorers are safe when they are using the Justin Case Kayak. That is why we put specific design aspects into the JCK that help make it safer for you. The waterproof skin of the JCK makes it more durable and better in the water. We also have an inflatable seat in the JCK that helps with buoyancy and helps you keep warmer.
Do you have any favorite kayak safety tips? We’d love to hear them!