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Make sure you bring (and know how to use) the Sea Kayaking Essentials.
In 1997 the book Sea Kayaker's Deep Trouble was published with the intent to convey important safety information to new and experienced sea kayakers. In keeping with that vein this page was developed in November 2000 to pass on to Mountaineer Sea Kayakers information related to safety issues and equipment. For questions concerning this page, contact the Sea Kayak Safety Subcommittee.
on Multiple Capsizing
The events leading up to the capsizing are well laid out in the report and provide insight into how such an event can occur. The report, number M93W0008, can be found at the Canadian Transportation Safety Board web page.
Variation of the All-In
The method essentially combines techniques from the re-enter and roll and Eskimo rescues. Once the first paddler is back upright, assisted rescues can be done on the remaining people and pump out of the first boat can be accomplished.
To obtain information on how to get a reprint of this article, contact: Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, PO Box 520, Ipswich, MA 01938 (phone: 978-356-6112 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org). Or to find out more about this East Coast sea kayak magazine, visit the Atlantic Coastal Kayaker web page.
Cold Water Paddling
In the Puget Sound area both water and air temperature can vary significantly during the year. When thinking about what to wear, keep the following concerns in mind:
Recommendations on what to wear can be found in kayaking how-to books such as The Coastal Kayaker's Manual by Randel Washburne. And in-depth information on how temperature affects the body can be found in Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries by Wilkerson, Bangs, and Hayward. Both books are published by The Mountaineers and can be found in the Clubhouse book store.
Further information can also be found on-line at many sites such as Northcountry Kayak safety web page and links associated with that page.
Kayaking in Canada -
On April 1 1999 a number of changes dealing with boating safety were implemented in Canada. Among those changes that affect kayakers was the requirement to have a "buoyant heaving line of not less than 15m in length."
Information on this and other Canadian boating regulations can be found at the Safe Boating Guide page of the Canadian Coast Guard web site.
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