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Canoe & Kayak Gear & Equipment Books

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- Kayak and Canoe Anchors, Anchor Types Folding kayak anchor, ideal for kayak fishing is a durable, light weight anchor, thatcan fold this anchor and can carry easily wherever you go and offers enhanced stability.Foldup Grappling Anchor for canoe/kayak. holding power1,5lb...

- Kayaks for Kids and beginners Great fun to be had kayaking lakes,calm rivers, and ocean waters with kids.
It's true that rapids put much of the "extreme" in backcountry trips involving water travel is not for kids and teens. Together with your kids ...

- Types of PFDs Life Jackets, Models and Manufacturers Types of PFDs Life Jackets ...Reducing Risk Few pieces of boating gear (Personal flotation devices) PFDs have progressed more in safety and safety than the some of models simple life jacket.

- Whitewater Kayaking The beauty of whitewater kayaking is found in the basics of paddling (movement & proper paddle position), and a proper execution and understanding of the basics and basic safety tips and rules- have more fun on your next kayak adventure.

- River Kayaks, still & whitewater kayaking

- whitewater River Classification US and Canada whitewater River Classification - Whitewater kayaking

EU River Classification

Kayak Adventure and Experience - A Story of Adventure and Experience on the Connecticut River

Canoeing and Kayaking - experiences in around the world

How to be safe on the water

Woman water adventure

Caring for Your Kayak

"Taking time to enjoy" story

Whitewater Rafts and Choosing

Inspirational Story of a Woman

Waters that go for the kayak - Tips and Advice

Columbia Kayak Adventure

Whiteeater River boating

One of the best best-selling WW kayak ever designed - by Dagger brand

River Safety and Rules

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Whitewater River boating,

- Be prepared!

Considering the powerful natural forces with which river runners contend, whitewater boating enjoys a very good safety record. Nevertheless, every year there are injuries and deaths with people on the river. Experts and beginners alike are represented in the statistics.

The danger can't be eliminated, but you can minimize it by being prepared and taking appropriate precautions.

The keys to safe kayaking and canoeing are adequate skills, proper equipment, and, above all, good judgment for your own safety. Don't run a whitewater river without knowing precisely what you are doing and be prudent and realistic about your skills and limitations.

Make sure your boating equipment is appropriate for the whitewater river and the water conditions and be sure your paddling skills and experience are equal to the situation.

Below can you read a list of essential precautions and skills and for whitewater safety:

When in doubt, stop and scout. Still in doubt? - When in doubt, stop and scout.

Wear a snugly fitted lifejacket and helmet at all times when you are on the river or near the river: in kavaks, in most all whitewater; in canoes and rafts, in challenging whitewater. Crotch-straps can help prevent the lifejacket from coming off over your head. Use sturdy equipment and accessories in good repair.

Do You Know to float in a whitewater river, must be a good swimmer: feet first and elevated, in the deepest channel, and never just in front of a boat. Know when and how to swim aggressively for an eddy or boat.

Learn self-rescue water-techniques, including swimming a rapid, escaping from a capsized boat techniques! Hypothermia is a serious risk any time water and air temperatures add up to less than 115°F.

You must know how to avoid dangerous hypothermia and how to deal with it. More over, whitewater equipment and techniques are always evolving, and the rivers themselves are constantly changing.

Do You Know the risks of pins (Pins kill more paddlers in USA than any other kind of mishap, foot entrapments are another leading cause of death) and entrapments and how to avoid them - how to recognize and react to river hazards, such as snags, wrap rocks, rock sieves, holes and undercuts, know the dangers of brush and trees in the river, usually called "sweepers." and "strainers". Be especially alert of entrapment in loose lines and for snags during and after high water levels. When their flows whitewater rise rivers undergo a profound and dangerous change. Never run a river at or near flood stage and beware of high water levels.

Do You Know the dangers of man-made obstacles - fences, bridge abutments, and especially weirs and low dams, Paddlers can be recycled endlessly even in small keeper reversals below weirs.

Carry personal and group safety gear: a first aid kit, carabiners, knifes, repair kit, spare paddles or oars. You must know how to recognize and deal with hazards in the localc, including severe weather, venomous or dangerous toxic plants, animals(American alligators live in freshwater environments), pollution, and potentially hostile inhabitants. Don't Drink and tell someone where you are going!

1st Aid and CPR

Now, we focus on different elements of on water safety. The final article in this series considers why it's important for sailors to know first aid and CPR. Although sailors no longer make passages of 100's of days with no hope of outside communication, self-sufficiency should still be an aim. Sailing is a sport where unexpected situations, accidents and plain bad luck can lead to onboard injury. With modern technology help can be quickly summoned. However, to enhance safety you should be First Aid and CPR trained so you can handle situations while you await professional help.

A time investment of 8 hours will pay off in a 3 year First Aid certification and a 1-year CPR certification. You will learn how to care for scrapes, cuts and sprains.

You'll know the proper way to bandage a wound. care for burns and more. In the CPR portion of the course you'll learn what to do if a person can't breathe or is without a pulse. In addition to unexpected on the water situations you will be better prepared while ashore.

You can never tell when this knowledge will allow you to perform in an emergency situation. Race organizers recognize the value of these skills. The Sydney to Hobart race has this clause in their sailing instructions, "two crew members shall have a senior first aid certificate or higher."

The Offshore Racing council has this recommendation for all levels of racing, "It is recommended that at least two members of the crew be currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation." For races in Categories 0 (Trans oceanic races) and 1 (long distance races without expectation of outside help).

The Offshore Racing Council recommends that a minimum of 30% of a crew be trained in CPR and first aid. Again the ORC is an organization that studies safety, and their recommendation on training should be heeded by sailors. Each boat in the upcoming Volvo Ocean race will have 2 crew that are trained as medics.

Among the requirements, a first aid certificate. Volvo race organizers say that well trained medics make a team, "more confident and safer." For an 8-hour investment you too can take to the water confident about emergencies and with a level of greater onboard safety. In future articles we will cover medical aspects of the Volvo Ocean Race, what should be in your onboard first aid kit and information about Red Cross first aid and CPR classes offered by Torresen Marine. To find a CPR and First Aid class near you contact the American Red Cross on the web.