Safe Kayaking Gear List
Compiled by Tom Holtey with John Enomoto and Joseph Hu
THIS IS A LIST OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT THAT ALL SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKERS SHOULD CARRY
- PFD or "life vest" (coast guard approved)
- Drinking water.
- Paddle leash / leg leash or "life line"
- Bilge pump
- Knife. See "The PFD Knife, Don't Leave Home Without It "
- Signal devices: whistle, signal mirror, flare, smoke, dyemarker, See Rescue®, air horn
- Cell phone &/or radio in waterproof bag
- EPIRB or PLB
- Paddle Float and Rescue Stirrup. See "Paddle Float and Rescue-Stirrup Re-Entry for Sit-On-Top Kayakers"
- Spare paddle
- Proper clothing, aquatic foot gear & hat. See "Watersports Clothing: A Buyer's Guide For Kayakers"
- Flash light (waterproof) &/or strobe light for dusk or night. See "Kayak Lights & Kayak Lighting Techniques For Dawn, Dusk & Night Paddling"
- Tow rope - Rescue Vest or Tow Belt - See "Kayak Towing Methods & Equipment "
- Helmet for surfing, rock gardens & seacaves
- Float bags for an extra measure of safety
- Repair kit: duct tape, spare parts, tools, etc.
- Sea anchor for extreme wind conditions
- Sun screen
- Sting aid to relieve the pain of man-o-war or jellyfish stings
- First Aid kit in water-proof bag or container. Check regularly
Carry as many of these devices as possible & KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.
PRACTICE with them in a variety of weather conditions
so you can use this equipment no matter how bad it gets.
FLOAT PLAN: Always go with a buddy, and tell a third party where you are going,
what you are going to do and when you will be back.
Plan ahead and