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Safety in sea kayaking

Contents of safety chapter

Sea kayakers launching

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION
  A very safe sport
COLD WATER, COLD WIND
  Cold shock, swim failure & hypothermia
Sea temperatures

Cold shock

Swimming failure

Hypothermia
OTHER REAL HAZARDS
 

Rough water
Drowning
Getting run over

Heavy lifting

Hand/arm overuse syndromes

Dislocated shoulder

Rockfall & icefall

SOLO KAYAKING
INFECTIONS
  Upset stomach, tetanus, Weil's Disease / leptospirosis, Lyme Disease
MUD & QUICKSAND
  Mud, quicksand
OTHER HAZARDS & PESTS
  Biting insects, poison ivy, bears, hunters, red tides, other local hazards
UNLIKELY HAZARDS
  Jellyfish, killer whales, sunburn, numb feet, grumpy seals, gull attack, getting blown up
FIRST AID
  First Aid courses
Small First Aid kit

Big First Aid kit

Before foreign travel

 

 

Sea kayaker and sailboats

 

 

 

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