QUICK GUIDE TO KAYAK HARBOUR TRAFFIC SAFETY
Harbours and marinas have loads of great areas to fish. They are great places for kayak fishing. Because there is so much activity from boats of all sizes and shapes, it is important you take care and know the navigation rules for boat traffic.
BOATS AND SHIPS DON’T HAVE BRAKES
Even a small motorboat or sailboat can take a considerable distance to slow down to a stop. Large ships need a huge amount of space to stop. They don’t have breaks like cars. The smart thing to do is to stay out of the way because it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Channels are marked with markers. The majority of boats and ships need to stay between those markers. Kayaks are not governed by the same rules and are free to roam anywhere. The best way to stay out of boating and shipping traffic is to stay out of the channel markers.
Always cross a channel at 90 degrees to minimise the distance required to cross the channel. Remember that boats and ships are travelling much faster than you on your kayak.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE VISIBLE
As a kayak angler, you are low down on the water and it can be difficult to see you. Brightly coloured reflective PFDs are a must. Paddle defensively while remembering not everyone can see you.
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