River Kayaking dangers are real. While sailing can be easy, pleasant in a fine wide and narrow river with a strong, deep and favorable breeze, all these can change within a twinkle of an eye. As a paddler, your first barrier could be the anxiety of paddling a fast moving waters. Slowly, lack of confidence develop and you are in for a rude shock of your life.
The pleasure of meandering with a new stream is very peculiar and fascinating. Each paddle stroke brings a novelty and excitement. You have a rare opportunity to spot jumping water birds, fluttering ducks, and trout swimming and splashing leaps.
All these happens before a rushing sound of rocks signal of a looming danger not far from where you are. With the sticking sharp rocks posing great danger, it is only your determination that you must get on, over, though or under every difficulty situation that will see you succeed kayaking dangerous rivers. Without fear of leaving your kayak in desolate and dangerous river, you will never better your river boating skills.
Specific River Kayaking Dangers
Fast and Full Rivers
Swimmers get excited when streams and rivers are full to capacity. A Large number of kayakers troop to the river before official start of summer in some jurisdictions. Unfortunately, such conditions significantly contribute to water accident in the river. For example, a young person drowned in the Arkanas River when his craft flipped. This is one of such incidents that have been reported.
High water season last for several weeks therefore calling for vigilance by paddlers. “We’re saying plan ahead and know what you could be getting into, because a lot of potential dangers could be present because of fast-moving waters.”
The weather condition can go below the 8°C during winter season. If a paddler plunge into such cold water, they are likely to get a hypothermia attack with minutes. It is therefore not prudent going Kayaking under extreme coldness without protective gears. Besides, currents above 4 knots will drift your boat away from the show and should be avoid at all times unless you have experience in such conditions and tides.
Thunderstorms and Lightening.
“Waters are not spared by thunderstorms. A sudden squall can disrupt a body of water within minutes. If lightning hits water, it always seeks contact with the highest element. Do not stay in gravitational water when a thunderstorm builds up. Fog usually dissipates quickly on lakes; however it can appear quite suddenly and can stay several days in maritime zones.”
Rivers are likely to collect many logs down the stream which as a paddler you should be aware of. The logs will make navigation difficult as most of the time they will be holding your oar. They pose more danger if you are using a kayak made of inflatable material.