Incorrect selection of sediments
Very often, participants of canoeing trips present a different level of skills in terms of canoeing. It is important to properly choose settlements. People who do not have any kayak experience should not swim in one kayak. It’s good that someone who can not swim or swim swims poorly in a kayak with a person feeling good in the water. If possible, we should create mixed settlements – men usually have more strength, which is useful both during overcoming obstacles, moving and long hours of rowing. When getting into the kayak, remember that a heavier and more experienced person sits in the back – she will control the kayak. A lighter canoeist who has less experience will sit on the bow and he will determine the pace of rowing.
Disrespect of the river, bravado, and alcohol
When planning a canoeing trip, let’s try to get information about the sections of the river that we intend to swim. It’s good to stock up on a trip or a map, or browse the internet or just ask kayaks in the rental shop, which services we use. If we participate in an organized kayaking trip, the instructors should provide us with the necessary information during check-in.
If we do not know anything about the river that we are going to sail earlier, it may turn out that this canoeing trip will not meet our expectations and we will be disappointed because the selected part of the river will prove to be too easy or too cumbersome.
Never underestimate the information about transports, mills, weirs and other water constructions – these are often difficult, dangerous or almost impossible to find places. Bravado in this place can end up with an accident, loss of health and even life! The information we have got or the warnings we encounter should be verified in case of doubt by looking at a given place from the shore.
Do not overestimate your strength and skills. Water is an element whose power we often do not realize. Even a calm lowland river slothfully rolling its waters can cause us trouble if we are too reckless.
Kayaking under the influence of alcohol is legally prohibited, highly irresponsible and can end in tragedy. Summer, weekend and the so-called “circumstances of nature” are conducive to all outdoor events, however, alcohol consumption increases reaction time and laziness. On hot days drinking alcohol in a kayak, we additionally expose the body to dehydration. On cold days or in the rain, we can over-cool ourselves because “one deeper” warms up only seemingly.
Remember that alcohol and water sports do not go hand in hand so drink a few beers rather to the evening bonfire.