Most experienced kayakers like to stretch their wings and go on a variety of kayaking trips that test their metal. However, a sea kayak trip is one that is more exciting than most. The adrenalin flows when you get out on the open water and paddle along a coastline. And, a sea kayak will allow you to bring along quite a bit of gear without compromising the gravity of your craft. If you are looking for something different to do and you own a sea kayak, it’s time to plan a sea kayak trip.
The first thing you need to do is decide where you want to go and how long you want your trip to last. Using a map and nautical charts, you can plan a simple day trip or one that lasts an entire week. An average day trip will allow you to cover around 20 miles, paddling at about three miles per hour. That means you can get about seven hours of paddling in while still having time to stop and explore the coastline or have a picnic on the beach. If you want to take a longer trip, you can paddle about 100 miles in a seven day period without tiring yourself out and while still enjoying the coastline and camping overnight.
Because you will be traveling with most of your gear packed and you really don’t want to travel with any extra, it is a good idea to know in advance where there is a marina or town along the coastline so you can get fresh drinking water and food supplies. You should pack for the predicted weather as well. If you know where these towns and marinas are, you also have a place to stay in the event the weather turns nasty and you have to go to land.
So, you have a sea kayak trip planned. What kind of gear do you need to pack in addition to your kayak and paddles?
• Life jacket
• Safety helmet
• Wetsuit, water shoes and kayaking gloves
• Light weight camping gear if you plan to camp overnight
• Dehydrated food and drinking water
• Maps and nautical charts of the area
• A copy of your travel plans and a journal
• Watertight deck bags for storing equipment
• Buoyancy bags
• Spray skirt of the kayak
• Spare clothing
When you plan a sea kayak trip make sure you take your time and never skip out on any safety checks before embarking. Always paddle with a partner and never alone, and make sure you leave a copy of your travel plans with someone in the event of an accident. Finally, make sure that you stow your gear on the kayak’s hull so that the weight is evenly distributed.
Start out with an overnight sea kayak trip so that you can get an idea of whether or not this kind of trip is for you. Once you are comfortable with it, you can take all sorts of kayaking trips that will allow you to see new and exciting places.