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Safe Kayaking: The Essential Gears

Are you excited for your upcoming kayaking adventure? Don’t get too carried away before you think about how you can keep yourself safe while you’re out paddling for hours on end. While your memories of getting in touch with raw natural beauty can be priceless, your life is even more priceless.

Check out the kayaking gear below that will ensure your safety:

Paddle Leash

Pro kayakers say this will slow your rate of paddling, but this is a must-have if you don’t intend to kayak at high speeds. Premier Kayak Gripper Paddle Leash ($12.99) is one of the most sought-after paddle leashes in the market. It doesn’t only prevent you from losing your paddle, but the strong and lightweight design allows comfortable paddling.


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Bilge Pump

An old rusty pail won’t bail you out of danger in case water gets into your kayak. You’ll need a reliable bilge pump like Seattle Sports Paddlers Bilge Pump ($19.95) to keep your kayak from capsizing. This product comes with an easy-grip handle so that you can remove excess water with ease.


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Life Vest

Even the most experienced swimmers can drown in rough conditions, especially when the water is super cold. So who says life vests are for sissies? A quality life vest is a kayaker’s best friend. Stearns Comfort Series Life Vest ($32.17 – $52.60) is a life vest specifically designed for kayaking. The design gives kayakers great freedom of movement and the well-ventilated system will also keep you cool on hot days. Plus, it has a front pocket that allows quick access to essential items.


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Life Vest Signal Light

Unexpected things can happen while you are kayaking. A strong wave or current, for instance, can throw you off your kayak and separate you from your companions, so consider investing in safety gear that will aid rescuers in locating you, like life vest signal lights. ACR 3355 C-Light Lifevest Signal Light ($10.50) is waterproof and can be attached to any life vest. It emits light visible from up to two miles away. Plus, it has a long power lifespan of eight hours, giving you plenty of time to be located by rescuers.


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Safety Whistle

Don’t laugh at the idea of bringing a whistle with you on your kayaking trip. A safety whistle could save your life in times of emergency. After all, whistles are superb at attracting attention. Attwood Flat Safety Whistle is a great choice for kayakers. At only $2.07, this safety whistle is very loud and attaches to your life vest, making it available at all times.


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