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QUICK GUIDE TO FAMILY KAYAK FISHING

If you like your kids getting involved in fishing and now you are thinking about kayak fishing, then you probably want to bring the family along. Once they see your kayak, they are sure to want to get involved. Let’s take a look at some of the essentials to think about if you want to get everyone on board.

TAKE A KAYAKING COURSE

A kayaking course is great for anyone getting involved in kayak fishing. You will learn the basics of how to get more out of your paddle and you will learn how to safely recover from a capsized kayak.

LEARN RESCUE SKILLS

Kayaking is generally considered very safe. That is until something goes wrong. Even the strongest swimmers can get into trouble and need rescue. You need to know how to self-rescue and how to rescue others.

DRESS FOR THE WATER

Many people think they should dress for the weather when they go out kayak fishing. In actual fact, it is more appropriate to dress for the water. Of course, you will need a personal floatation device. Children should always be bundled up in several layers. Wetsuits are always a great choice of clothing when you are out so close to the water.

PACK CAREFULLY

Normally we pack just what we need. With kids, we generally need to pack more. Children get hungry all the time. Here are a few things to consider packing extra of when you are going out with the kids and the family:
• Snacks
Clothes and hats
Whistles, flashlights and flares
• First-aid supplies
• Batteries
• Maps

KNOW THE REGION

Knowing the water is not enough. It pays to know who else is going to be in the water. Know zoning restrictions, currents, hazards, wildlife and know the terrain.

 


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Bill Matthews
bill.matthews@dinga.com.au

Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.