Friday, August 9, 2013

Still time for summer sports

   As I write this I'm mentally getting prepared for a kayak trip this weekend with members of Kayak Fish The Great Lakes. And here in lies a good lesson.
   This trip is not all fishing. In fact, we'll leave all the tackle and rods on shore, then head out on the lake to practice getting into a kayak once it's capsized or you have somehow found yourself in the water.
   Not enough time is spent practicing safety procedures especially those kinds of emergencies that happen on the water.
   However, there is a bright side to all of this. I've noticed this summer that most kayakers I've seen on the water are wearing a PFD. That's a huge improvement to prior years.
   Often kayakers would head out without a life jacket even on the boat. Up until a few years ago they were seldom worn on or around the water.
   You may be the best swimmer around but the shock of cold water, or a rap on the head from some equipment that got loose can leave you temporarily incapacitated. During these first few minutes you need to be able to save yourself, especially if there is no one close by to lend a hand.
   Being unconscious or in shock isn't going to be of much help. That's why it's a good idea to wear a PFD at all times and carry all necessary life saving gear-first aid kit, tow rope, knife-on the boat.
   And know how to get back in if you find yourself in the water. It could save your life.

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