expedition kayak safety

Posted: September 15, 2011 by Jeff Fabiszewski in blog, Expeditions, Kayak Safety
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There are a lot of books, periodicals, and web information on the simple topic of safety for people on kayak expeditions.  After all of that information is distilled down one thing becomes clear.  The primary safety device on a sea kayak is the paddler.  A person can purchase all of the most expensive kayak expedition gear, take all of the classes, and read every sea-kayak safety guide; but if the person does not have the respect for the forces of the natural world death could be where the expedition ends…

 Jeff’s most important pieces of safety gear for this expedition are…and placed…
  • tow line
  • whistle
  • mirror
  • VHF radio & cellphone
  • sea shears
  • replacement hatch cover
  • Cliff Bars, beef jerky
  • spare paddle
  • paddle float
  • drinking water
  • first-aid kit
  • heavy orange plastic sheet
  • electrical tape, sticks when wet / cold
  • waist
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • deck
  • cockpit
  • day hatch
  • day hatch
  • day hatch
  • day hatch

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 Sean’s most important pieces of safety gear for this expedition are…and placed…
  • rescue knife
  • dye pack
  • signal mirror
  • Space Blanket
  • snack food
  • spare paddle
  • hydration bladder
  • rescue flares
  • cell phone
  • VHF/weather radio
  • dry clothes
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • PFD
  • deck
  • back deck
  • cockpit
  • day hatch
  • day hatch
  • day hatch

…after having respect for nature, its beauty, and ability to kill us.  The above gear lists help in keeping us prepared for accidents, gear failures, and unplanned capsizes. – Jeff

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