Kayak tours are a great way to explore nature. However, there are some safety precautions that need to be taken during any kayaking experience.
The following are seven safety priorities to focus on for any kayak tour.
Not being equipped with a flotation device
Wearing a flotation device is required for participation in most kayak tours. Even if you are a good swimmer, it's still important to wear a flotation device to protect yourself from injury due to accidents that could put you at risk of drowning.
Being unaware of the weather conditions on the day of your kayak tour
One of the most important things you need to do to both stay safe and ensure comfort during your kayak tour is dress appropriately for the weather. This means that you need to pay attention to the forecast in the days leading up to your kayak tour and make sure you dress so that you're not too hot or cold.
Neglecting to pay attention to everything your guide says
Paying attention to everything your guide says is important. Your guide should give you safety instructions that you need to follow throughout your entire tour so that you don't inadvertently put yourself in harm's way.
Consuming alcohol or drugs that negatively impact your reasoning or motor skills
It's not a good idea to mix alcohol with kayaking. You also need to be conscious of the side effects of any medications you're taking. You might want to reconsider going on a kayak tour if you're currently taking prescription medications that could cause fatigue or negatively impact your reasoning or motor skills.
Not knowing any details about the route you'll be taking
Although you may be following a guide throughout your tour, it's still a good idea to have some idea of the route you will be taking. The more informed you are, the better prepared you'll be to follow the guide and stay with your group throughout the tour.
Getting too far away from your group during the tour
It's important to constantly stay near your group throughout the entire tour. If you allow yourself to drift too far away from other group members, you could end up getting lost.
Failing to inspect equipment before you begin
You should look over your equipment before you get started and make sure everything is functioning properly. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you have any concerns about your equipment or aren't sure how to use components of your kayak or paddles.