Timing is Everything
There's a time in life for everything and a time for nothing. Should you have a baby when you're 60 years old? Should a 6 year old go kayaking on their own?
I believe that timing where and when to paddle is one of the 1st skill a sea kayaker should learn or to try to master early.
All the rescues that I have heard of do have a common theme. On all the recent rescues I believe it was wrong time and wrong place to be out there. The timing of the activity was flawed. I believe that conditions dictate where and when you can paddle safely.
Not so long ago, not so much was known about weather and ocean conditions. With the availiability of today-thanks internet- this has changed. Amazing amounts of infomation can be obtained and used to determine where and when to paddle.
Weather and Conditions Guide
I use a guide that works for my experience and skill level and it is;
10 -30 -3
10 stands for 10 ' waves
30 stands for 30 knot winds
3 stands for 3 knot current
Anytime these these conditions are reported or forecasted, I know that conditions could overwelm my skills. I know I can't fight these conditions for long but I can still go kayaking and go with these conditions. I know that paddling in these conditions does increase my risk and that I may need to be rescued.
I have never needed rescuing-tap on water. I would encourage every kayaker to develop their own weather/condition guide tailored to their own skill and experience level.
copyright Storm Steiger 2001
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