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Kayaking on the Ocean

Ocean inflatable kayaking can be thrilling and challenging, but we must be prepared because the weather on the ocean seas can be quite unforeseeable. If our plans including kayaking on the ocean for any length of time, it's very important to have navigation charts available to give us insight on currents, tides, surf forecast and weather. Navigational charts cover all areas and coupling the charts with a compass should provide us with the information we need to keep us safe and sound.

Since water levels and tides change rather quickly, reviewing information on rising and ebbing tides is a must, as is the weather and marine local forecasts. High winds and rain can certainly pose a threat to our enjoyable kayaking day at sea. The surf forecast is important too because high, threatening waves can topple even the most durable kayaks.

We see inflatable ocean kayaking as a very popular recreational sport. Whether we are riding the surf, paddling the shore or fishing the surf, people with basic kayaking knowledge can enjoy this sport. But, even for the novice, there are important facts about ocean kayaking that we all need to know.

No matter where we are kayaking, it's always a must to wear a life jacket. Don't let it sit on the seat because it won't do us any good should we be separated from our kayak. The power of the sea can be daunting and wear a life jacket will help to keep us safe.

It is recommended that if we are not an expert at kayaking, we use a sit-on-top kayak because it is a sealed capsule. Should the kayak capsize, it will roll back with no threat of water fill up. Should we fall out of the kayak, we can climb back in without a problem and continue our journey. The sit-in type would fill up with water leaving us no alternative but to swim to shore.

Before we leave shore, we should make sure the ocean is relatively calm and not too rough to travel on. We should also check the waves. If they are over two feet, it's a sign to stay put until they subside. Should we decide to challenge the waves, we must make sure that drain plugs are securely screwed in and hatches are tightly shut.

Make sure that we avoid injuries to ourselves or those around us by making sure the area is clear when we are pushed by a way. Hold the kayak tightly before launching to assure it doesn't escape our grip. Never launch a kayak on a beach crowded with people. That's asking for trouble!

never launch a kayak on a beach crowded with people

Getting in and out of our inflatable kayak in the surf can prove to be challenging, especially when it attempts it from the edge of the shore. We should wade out to a waist-deep level just past the shore break. Carry the kayak using the handle in the front to raise the kayak's front end over incoming waves. This allows the wave to go underneath the kayak. Next, wait for a wave break and jump into the kayak and start paddling through the surf. Quickly paddling out of the surf will help prevent us from getting dumped by a wave.

Once we are out on the ocean, memorize landmarks to assure we will find our way back to the shore. Currents and wind can likely carry us farther away than expected, so keep several landmarks in mind. When paddling back to land the inflatable kayak, pick a spot that is people free and paddle on the wave's backside to land behind water carrying a surging wave. If a wave catches us off guard, we should jump off ocean side to avoid injury. Once on shore, drag the inflatable kayak far enough away from the waves to prevent the boat being carried away with the surf.

Finally, make sure the inflatable kayak is we own is qualified for ocean use. There are several very good options available in many different styles and brands.

make sure the inflatable kayak is you own is qualified for ocean use

Saturn 13 feet Pro Angler

For example, the Saturn 13 Ft. Pro Angler is perfect for an angler seeking durability and convenience. It's great for ocean fishing jaunts and camping. It mimics a hard-shell kayak because of its Dtex PVC cloth which is heavy duty to resist punctures and tears. A unique feature is a floor becomes rigid when we inflate the kayak. The floor has high buoyancy tubes offering stability and an air deck which is the high pressure that allows for easy roll-ups when deflated. It comes with two removable aluminum seats and allows for mounting other kayaking gear.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Ultralite Inflatable Kayak

Just as seaworthy is the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Ultralite Inflatable Kayak. Its hull is made of a lightweight material with an underside of polyurethane. Its ends are open with no zipper and bladders can easily be removed for replacement or cleaning. The floor is made of foam and features a foam basked high back seat. It features a bar riser and crossbar made from thin aluminum which provides for a pitched deck for water run-off.

Wave 6 Ft. Youth Kayak

Kids can have fun on the ocean too if the water is calm, and they stick close to shore. The Wave 6 Ft. Youth Kayak is made for kids five years and older. With an adult alongside and basic kayaking knowledge and well as a life vest, children love this kayak's simple climb on rear deck feature as they paddle along the shore's shallow water. Made from durable vinyl, it has a contoured design with no hardware that may cause injuries to a child. The twin fins make for easy maneuvering and better low surf tracking and riding.

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