Water sports continue to be popular among those who love fun and adventure. Whether it is inland waters or the sea, the number of people who love a bit of surfing, skiing or kayaking even extreme sports such as flyboarding, the number of people who line up for these sports are never rare.
But it is also important to remember that you need to wear the right safety gear and have the right equipment with you when you are doing these sports. Keep reading to find out some of the most essential items you need for these activities.
Life jackets are an essential for most sports. For paddling activities such as canoeing or kayaking and rafting, choose a classic life jacket. For sports such as skiing, there are specific ski vests you can buy. Get a life jacket that fits you snuggly.
This will ensure your safety and will keep you afloat in case you have an accident and falls over into the water. A lose jacket is risky because the jacket many ride up when you hit the water and will keep your head below the water. Children wearing lose jackets may slip through it if they fall into the water putting them in danger.
Helmets and Harnesses
Helmets are necessary for those of you who are taking part in most water activities. For example, sports that involve a higher risk if not done safely: kayaking, skiing, rafting etc. These sports, which are also known as extreme or adventure sports, are loved among people because of the rush it brings with high speed and action. But they are also unpredictable. This is why a safety helmet should be a must have in your sporting equipment.
Harnesses on the other hand are for instances where a person is thrown overboard. For example, a sport such as flyboarding would require a harness. This will keep the person engaging in the sport from getting injuries, while also allowing them enough free movement.
Regular swimsuits are not just enough for most recreational water sports. Wet suits are known for providing buoyancy which means it gives extra lift and float when swimming, especially in open water. In addition to that, it also gives you warmth when you are in colder regions/ climates. There are different types and styles of wetsuits from rash guards and women’s spring wet suits to wetsuit shorts for mens. When choosing, also consider your cold tolerance and air temperature.
First Aid kit and Emergency Tools
Although no one anticipates an injury, it is still necessary to be ready with a first aid kit, in case any of the athletes get an injury. Make sure to add additional equipment such as an emergency blanket, motion sickness bags into your first aid box as well. The box should also be weather proof and sealed tightly to keep it safe from extreme weathers.
Apart from your safety gear, there are also emergency tools and equipment you need to help anyone who faces an accident. Lifebuoys that can keep a person afloat and prevent them from drowning, and distress signals (pyrotechnics) that include emit flares and beacons that can grab the attention of someone passing by in case of an emergency are necessities that you need to carry with you.
Radio, Maps and other Tools
Radios, maps and locators might sound like too traditional to take with you, especially when you have cell phones and other digital devices. But without a proper signal or in case your battery dies, a cell phone is going to be useless. Maps are ideal to help you navigate in sports such as kayaking.
This will help you keep on safe routes and avoid ones that are dangerous. Radios are for better communication in open sea. In addition, you will need a weather gauge to be update about climate reports and a personal locator in case a person is lost or overboard.
Make sure you don’t forget all the necessary equipment before you start. Consider both your sport and the destination before choosing the essentials.