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What do you know about weather conditions for kayaking?

Kayaking Weather

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It does not matter is the weather is dry or warm calm water or rough water there are always safety precautions you will need to make to have a great kayaking journey. You will need to still pay close attention to the forecast and look out for signs of fast-changing weather. You would not want a spur of the moment kayaking trip turn from fun to bad. Don’t risk getting can be fun, in bad weather if you have the ability to check ahead of time. No matter your skill level this should always be done. So, that means you will need to do a little bit of planning to have fun.

If you’re a newbie, you’ll probably want to avoid include:

  • Polluted water- you could get expose to harmful bacteria if you fall in the water
  • Fog- reduces visibility and muffles sound
  • Busy waterways -a lot of traffic
  • Unstable weather conditions-You could get stuck in a dangerous storm

Tips to make an enjoyable your excursion:

  • Double-checking the weather forecast before you leave dry land
  • Make sure your skills match the condition where your planning to go
  • Always wear safety gear like a life jacket or a wetsuit
  • Look into potential hazards, this would include rocks beneath the surface or currents that are stronger than your skills may be up to
  •  A buddy system with a go-to plan in case of emergency

Sudden weather changes?

Weather can change in an instant depending on where you are. Even if you planned the trip out and looked at the forecast beforehand things can change. Still be aware of bad weather and how it will affect your kayaking during these times. Until you’re stuck in one you will not know how hard it is in a rainstorm while kayaking. Learn basic kayaking skills techniques can help you avoid trouble and assist you safely back to shore.

 Windy conditions for kayaking

You should expect wind, it can come in the form of a small breeze to a huge gust. All of which will have some effect on your kayak. And yes, this is perfectly normal. You can learn to be you ready and compensate for it. You should conserve energy when paddle with the wind because you will need all of the energy you have if you are paddling into. You can paddle harder, when using a rudder, or think about adding an extra stroke to your downwind side. This will help make wind corrections.

If you lose control of your kayak, don’t fight it. Trying to regain control of the kayak abruptly could cause you to over correct and make things worse. It’s kind of like driving down a road and losing control of your car because of ice, or other slick conditions. Maintain as much control of the car as possible and move in the same direction of the vehicle. This same rule applies to kayaking. You start to spin suddenly, move with the kayak and adjust as needed.

Once you keep these basic tips in your mind it will help you to enjoy any kayaking journey you have. You will be ready to steer your kayak with the wind when needed and know when the weather conditions are changing.


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