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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Kayaking is fun, but do it safely

By Cassandra Spratling
Knight Ridder News Service

Hawai'i kayakers can choose between tranquil, reef-protect-ed waters and tumultuous surf.

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A top safety tip for kayaking safely: Wear a personal floatation device; don't just have it in your kayak.

Paddle with people. Never go alone.

Know and practice rescue and recovery techniques.

Take classes before you buy a kayak. The classes will give insight into the proper boat to purchase for your individual needs. Most kayak rental shops, outdoor stores and some community and recreation centers can refer you to classes and clubs.

Drink lots of water before, during and after your outing.

Avoid alcoholic drinks before or during boating outings.

Join a club to get connected with others and improve your skills.

Wear fast-drying clothing.

You do not have to know how to swim to enjoy kayaking.

But if you're not a good swimmer, it's best to stay close to shore in shallow, calm waters.