A Kayaker's Safety Kit
We’ll take a look at the kit that I often choose to carry that I can access while afloat. This setup is for single-day trips, paddling relatively short distances into challenging conditions with reasonably experienced kayakers. My sea kayaking coaching work in North Wales has specific demands which are reflected in the equipment choices I've made here. I'm often in areas of rough water with limited immediate landing options. The challenges are mainly a result of conditions are flows where I'll need to have solutions to safety issues. Some of the kit needs to be available afloat and it's important that everything is secure in rough water. I don't set up my equipment in exactly this way every time but prefer to make decisions according to the factors that are present each day. The setup shown here is simply one example.
So there it is, a breakdown of the typical kit that I carry and the places I stow it for working days in my local sea kayaking environment. It's a flexible personal choice that I modify from day to day. It's compact functional and covers the common and important issues of float. It's unobtrusive, is not excessive, and lets me work effectively as a sea kayak coach and guide.