What to do when a big boat comes by when you’re in a kayak?

Kayaking, Kayak Guides

Written by David Myers

March 31, 2021
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If you are in shallow water and notice a boat or waves coming your way, head out immediately. This is due to the fact that the waves will build up as they come into shallower waters.

If there comes an occasion where you find yourself so close that a wave will break before it hits land, turn towards it and hit with force; just keep paddling away from its momentum until finally reaching shore again if necessary. However, when encountering sideways-breaking waves be prepared for throwing hard bracing techniques on one side of said breaking wave.

Kayaking Tipping Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you handle a wake in a kayak?

    Relax and let the kayak move under you as waves pass instead of tensing up and fighting to keep it perfectly upright. The trick is in loose hips! Improving your bracing skills will make life on water much easier for you because there won’t be a need to fight against what inevitably happens: Waves are coming at all times, so if we could just get used to letting them do their thing without trying too hard then that would help us out immensely with this whole situation.

  • Do kayaks tip over that easily?

    Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the water without getting wet! Kayaks are generally safe and hardly ever tip over. However, it’s important not to forget that different kayak types have drastically different tipping risks depending on what kind of conditions you’re in. So if you plan on paddling through rapids or whitewater, make sure you’re experienced enough to manage rough waters and some waves tossing around.

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