Simonl wrote:Paddling 9 years and not gone over.... well you got way more runs on the board than me!
Simonl wrote: Perhaps give the tethered thing a go on a surf beach in more controlled conditions to see what happens with the tether in such circumstances. You may find it works really well or you may see some potential issues that you are not willing to accept. You may well even look at a compromise tether system where you only tether AFTER you capsize but have the tether quick release handy so it's there when you need it.
Simonl wrote:If you are paddling 30Km or so to kayak camp on islands (lucky bastard) then I would be getting an PLB ASAP. I know it's always better to be able to self rescue but history shows that circumstances arise that do not allow a self rescue, for one reason or another.
Camanche73 wrote:I use electronic flares and they are a good piece of kit. They don't satisfy safety requirements as a replacement for normal flares yet. They are just like a waterproof laser pointer and a lot smaller than pyro flares.
Years ago I used to have a day/night flare. Basically one end was a night flare, the other was day flare. And it was half the size of a single conventional flare. Haven't seen them for a long time though.
I also never understood why boaters throw out old flares. You're better off keeping them just in case you need them. There's no danger from old flares, only an increased chance they won't fire.
PLBs combined with flares, PFDs and modern clothing, torches etc all help keep you alive until help arrives. And with modern flight systems, NVG, and thermal imagery, we are somewhat safer than we have ever been. Still no place for complacency however.
The greatest safety net I think is telling somebody where you are paddling and when you will be back.
Camanche73 wrote:Unfortunate to haven't tried it in replicating conditions. May main concern with it is trying to signal ships whilst being in the water. Aircraft should be fine, but trying to project it on a flat plane may be tricky
Camanche73 wrote:So, I have made some enquiries in relation to the great land rescue laser I have. Have asked both water police and police prosecutors in Victoria who have both stated they are a prohibited item. Because they have a greater output than 1MW and are not a recognised piece of safety equipment, they are illegal to possess. Interesting that you can buy them at whitworths marine. Seems like a ridiculous law to me
Paddle Dog 52 wrote:most important piece of safety equipment rest on top of your neck.
gonetroppo wrote:Have tried tethering and found the chance of entanglement too risky.
Having said that staying connected with the kayak is most important, there's a fine line there between climbing back in and being on your way, or calling in a rescue because the kayak has blown out of reach.
gonetroppo wrote: Learning to consistently roll is a top priority for me, and I always carry a PLB. On longer trips I'll add to my life jacket a smoke and light signal flare, a whistle and signal mirror, and a drinking bladder with some snacks. I figure this way I could survive at sea long enough to have a good chance of being rescued.
gonetroppo wrote: Falling out isn't always the problem, injury from say, a dodgy brace... or from handing hooks/knifes whilst fishing could make a 20km paddle home unachievable, hence why a PLB is so important, as is a trip note left with a responsible person, always a chance that PLB won't work when called upon!
NorthSIKer wrote:Paddle Dog 52 wrote:most important piece of safety equipment rest on top of your neck.
What if you only managed a very poor quality one of those?
I think you are stating the obvious. It doesn't diminish the need to have good backup options on the small chance things don't work out as planned.
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