Kayak Fishing Equipment For a Safer Trip - Sports

Kayak Fishing Equipment For a Safer Trip   by Richard Staunton

in Sports    (submitted 2008-07-23)

Kayaking is a great sport for those seeking adventure and a challenge, yet it does carry with it a certain degree of danger. Perhaps this is what makes it so exhilarating. Fortunately, there is kayak fishing equipment useful in times of emergency and simply when extra precautionary measures are essential to a safe kayaking trip. In fact, some of this equipment is similar to safety equipment used in fishing expeditions and may be referred to as kayak fishing equipment. Kayak equipment falls into the category of either river equipment or ocean equipment, but differences between the two are minor to the extent that some kayakers use both.

It is essential that every kayaker consider the importance of safety, as the water may be calm one moment then suddenly turn to an unsteady, rough flow making kayaking that more challenging. Swollen, unsteady rapids are actually a preference for the more daring river kayakers who appreciate the added thrill and adrenalin level this adds to the sport.

Choosing the right equipment can make a big difference when it comes to safety whether you are facing rough rapids a tranquil river. A few essentials safety equipment include:

- Spray skirt

- The helmet and

- Your own floatation device

The purpose of a spray skirt is to prevent water from getting into the kayak. This kayak safety equipment is essential for safety purposes of the kayaker because if the kayak starts collecting water inside, the potential to sink is increased as well as the kayakers attention is deterred.

First, a helmet is basic kayak equipment and may not totally fall under the category of kayak fishing equipment, but it is indeed essential as it protects your head from injury. Head injuries can be caused by rocks or other hard objects, such as boulders either hidden under the water or emerging out of it. Remember, rapids are mostly created by the various formations of rock which kayakers pass through as they travel down the river.

A Personal flotation device is also important kayak fishing equipment to bring on any kayak trip, regardless of swimming skills since rapid currents may make swimming difficult for even the best swimmer. This flotation device can keep the kayaker afloat if needed, particularly in cases of an overturned kayak. Some flotation devices may even come with reflectors and lights which can be very useful when a search party is involved.

Other important pieces of kayak fishing equipment may also include an extra paddle, emergency shelter such as a small tent and a first aid kit in the event of injury.

Of course, you may find that you hardly ever use the kayak fishing equipment described, but any experienced kayaker would agree that it is better to have it when you need it than not have it when there is an emergency. The most important thing is to have fun while you're out in the waters and enjoy yourself. The purpose of this article is not to deter you but to make you cautious.