Are you interested in trying to go to do a water sport for your next holiday? If your answer is yes, it is recommended for you to try kayaking. The vast majority of you might have been familiar with rafting, a water sport that requires you to go on a single boat in a team to go and about on a river to enjoy its streams or currents. Kayaking is actually almost the same, yet the only difference is that the kayak usually only can carry one or two people on board like an inflatable kayak, for example.
However, the types of the boats are not the only thing that you need to know when going to go kayaking. There are some other things you need to know about kayaking and one of them is the tricks to maintain your safety on the river. There is more than one trick that you better know and some of the tricks are as follows:
– Understand the situation of the water of the river
Usually, after heavy rain, the speed of the river flows will increase, creating rapids which are unexpected and even also carrying a wide variety of materials in the flow such as stones, tree trunks, and garbage. Materials such as these often lead the kayakers to fatal accidents. These materials can be differentiated into three types which are floating on the surface, moving below the surface, and stopping at the bottom of the river. The material that moves under the surface or is snagged at the bottom of the river is very dangerous for kayakers because it is not visible. Thus, you need to keep in mind and be careful of those materials.
– Do not go kayaking by yourself
Going kayaking alone without a friend or a companion is, of course, not recommended, especially if you can be considered as a beginner so that you still do not know where part of the river that is fine and safe for kayaking. Various possibilities can occur during the trip, and very likely you will need someone, especially in any emergency and urgent situation. However, if you happen to have no other choice but to go kayaking by yourself, you can do so yet with a serious preparation on the track which should not be too long.