I absolutely this camera for kayaking as it is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet. I purchased the Panasonic camera float to go with it just in case it does fall into the water. I have even used this underwater while snorkeling and came back with amazing shots, and not one problem with the camera after being completely submerged. Also, the battery life is decent but I always carry a spare on long trips.
I recommend this camera to everyone.