Here are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind before you hit the water in your kayak. A whistle is an effective signaling tool, either on the water, or back on shore. A good safety whistle has no moving parts that can jam and render the whistle useless. Use a “pea less” whistle for boating. And a dual tone, one-piece whistle works best.
Here’s another very important safety tip regarding a whistle. Never attach it to the zipper pull on your PFD. If the whistle catches on a deck fitting while performing a wet re-entry/recovery such as a paddle float rescue, the whistle attached to the zipper pull can snag and cause the PFD to unzip and come off if you fall back into the water. Keep the whistle on a lanyard around your neck or stashed in a vest pocket.
Be Seen, Paddles Flashing!
While running lights (a headlamp, deck light) on a touring kayak increase your visibility, batteries do run out. An easy, effective visual display to keep you seen at night can be created by applying marine-quality, outdoor reflective tape to the back of your paddle blades.
A piece of tape as small as 2 inches wide and your paddle’s width long, reflects back enough light to make you more easily seen.