Ocean kayaking is an amazing experience on your trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s a great way to see the coastline, paddle with wild dolphins nearby and enjoy a good workout.
Even with experienced kayakers, a rogue wave or even just an unexpected one can spill you into the ocean. Getting back into the kayak can be a little tricky. The biggest issue is if you get separated from your kayak.
Safe Practices with Ocean Kayaking
- Kayak with a Buddy – Either have a two person kayak or kayak near others. If you do kayak alone make sure you let someone know where you are going and how long.
- Wear a life-jacket – This is for sure standard practice but many can compromise this basic feature. Even a simple life jacket can mean the difference between life and death. Accidents are never planned.
- Take a signaling device – If you get into distress a passing boat or an overhead airplane is not going to be able to see you. You need a serious form of reflection.
You may have seen the See Rescue Safety Device recently on Shark Tank. It actually was designed and created by a Hawaiian resident because of the incident rate of lost swimmers, kayakers and hikers. We like it because it is compact, light-weight, can be used for multiple terrains and doesn’t have batteries that go out. But the bottom line comes down, get the safety device that you will use.