Kayak Guidelines – First Draft
Sit in kayak with your head upright and facing the front of the boat
Rationale – otherwise you will not be able to see where you are going and also may induce long term postural problems. Look for the big open hole in the middle of the top of your kayak, where a seat should be located, with a space in front for your legs.
Eskimo Rolls should rotate a full 360°
Rationale – you should be able to breathe air at the end of your roll. Rolls of 180° should be avoided as these may induce a feeling of suffocating underwater. Rotating around the long axis seems to be easier than rotating over the bow or stern.
Load your kayak carefully onto your car
Rationale – align the narrow end of your kayak with the narrow end of your car and place on top of roof racks and secure.
Loading sideways will cause problems on some roads and also increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption.
Use a dedicated kayak paddle
Rationale – although other sporting equipment has attractive logos and used by sport stars, it may not be the most efficient means of propelling your kayak.
Leave your car on shore when paddling
Rationale – Taking your car with you whilst paddling may cause stability problems on the water - immersion in water can cause havoc with car electronics.
Don’t leave your kayak on the beach
Rationale – while you are physically with your kayak, it’s usually OK
on uncrowded beaches.If you leave it unattended for days, it may go missing.