Archive for the 'Safety Equipment' Category

Building a First Aid Kit

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

One of my students asked me to write a blog about putting together a first aid kit.  Since this is an important piece of gear that all paddlers should carry with them, I will try to make some suggestions on getting training and assembling a good basic kit.  I am not a doctor or medical […]

Fun is Just Around the Corner!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It’s still a little cold for most people to be paddling in Wisconsin since most of the water is still frozen.  But it won’t be long now.  Temperatures going above freezing and the shrinking snow piles incite almost terminal cases of spring fever.  The only real cure for paddlers is the coming of warmer air […]

More Sad Reminders

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I was going to work on the fourth video in my series on different types of kayaks, but as I was doing my usual check of blogs and Facebook this morning, it became clear that this might be the time to give another reminder about the dangers of paddling in cold water.  Dick Silberman’s blog […]

Using a VHF Radio

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I ran across this blog post by Bryan Hansel,, talking about “How to Use a VHF Radio”.  It’s a very good article, thorough and easy to understand, so I wanted to share the link with my readers.  I don’t think I could have said it better myself. I will be posting another video blog […]

Please Label Your Stuff

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters (including kayakers) to take the time to label their boats, paddles, life jackets, etc. with their names and contact information in order to avoid initiating expensive and time-consuming search and rescue efforts when there isn’t actually a person missing. When someone finds a kayak or other piece of […]

Update on Bilge Pumps

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Back on August 4, 2010, I wrote a blog on pumps and paddle floats. One of the pumps I talked about included the Harmony High Volume pump.  I purchased two of these pumps at Canoecopia last March and used them in classes throughout the summer.  I liked the shorter length, high flow rate, and the […]

Pumps and Paddle Floats

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Two pieces of standard safety gear carried by most sea kayakers are the pump and paddlefloat.  As many people don’t give these items a lot of thought before purchasing, I’d like to discuss some considerations in choosing a pump and a paddle float. There isn’t a lot of difference between most of the bilge pumps […]

Outfitting Your PFD (Life Jacket)

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I had a request from one of my readers to talk about the topic of “outfitting a life jacket”.  It has been said in reference to your safety gear, “if it isn’t on your person, then you can’t guarantee it will be there when you need it.”  The trick is finding ways to carry all […]

Coming Events

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The paddling season has definitely arrived in the upper midwest.  People are buying boats, signing up for lessons and trips, and looking for people to go paddling with.  Here are just a few local events coming up in the next few weeks that may be of interest, especially to new or aspiring paddlers.  I know […]

Essential Gear for Recreational Kayaking

Friday, May 7th, 2010

I know that I tend to focus mostly on gear for sea kayakers in many of my posts.  Partly that is because I do a lot of sea kayaking myself, and partly because there is a lot of gear used by sea kayakers.  Recreational paddlers often get overlooked when it comes to gear discussions.  I […]

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