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preferably of white water design. This latter link takes you
to a comprehensive article on choosing the correct paddle
for all types of kayaking.
Vest (PFD), with waist belt, fitting properly. See Stan
Bradshaw's article on PFD use with interesting stories illustrating
the necessity of wearing one properly and choosing the right
one for you here: Choosing
the Right Personal Flotation Devices - PFD's
A helmet perfectly designed specifically for the kayaker.
Includes foam liners for a proper fit. Here's a fun story
of the necessity of a helmet: "Helmet?
I Don't Need No Stinking Helmet!"
Straps (or knee tree on available models) For greater
control, rolling and bracing. Read also our article: Backrests,
Knee Straps, & Paddle Leashes by Tom Holtey
Clothing, appropriate to water temperature, including
sturdy footwear. Link takes you to a comprehensive, illustrated
article on clothing available to the kayaker. White Water
Paddlers should also read: Cold
Weather Clothing & Paddling Tips.
Bag Primary rescue gear for white water paddlers. Can
be used in many water sport situations. Throw bag consists
of: 50 feet of yellow ¼" floating poly line, 900
pound test. Durable drawstring bag with built in float. Resists
rot and mildew.
Link takes you to an article about the importance of the PFD
| See the general-purpose safety
checklist for additional items, many applicable to the white water
(Photo: Our forum's KayakInRiverOtter
on his OK Sprinter)
WHITE WATER LESSON
RECOMMENDATIONS & CHECKLIST:
Sit-on-top kayaks are safe and easy to use, but the white water environment
is still very dangerous to all boaters. Always wear helmet and PFD each
and every trip. A white water lesson is an essential component to the process
of safely enjoying the sport of river running. Look for a qualified instructor
that can teach you the basic skills, safety tips and river reading with
practice time on a river.
The ACA www.acanet.org
has listings of kayak lessons, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Some lesson programs will utilize only standard sit-in-side kayaks. If that
is OK with you than go for it, and transfer the skills to your boat of choice.
Many paddling schools now offer sit-on-top options in their white water
program. Seek an instructor who has SOT experience and will be able to teach
you using a sit-on-top kayak. Inflatable kayaks (soft shell) are very popular
for river running. A school or outfitter that specializes in soft shells
may be a great resource for sit-on-top white water instruction.
For more info see: kayak
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