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USEFUL APPS EVERY KAYAKER NEEDS

For many backcountry enthusiasts, technology in the backcountry is sacrilege. They pride themselves on keeping phones out of sight and proudly proclaim that they haven’t checked the internet in days. But there are a whole host of really handy apps that can actually enhance your backcountry experience. As an avid kayaker, I have a whole host of applications which I frequently use whilst out kayaking and would love to share some with the OnDeck community.

AUSTRALIA TIDE TIMES

An absolute must for any sea kayaker, Australia Tide Times lets you plan your paddling around the shifting tides. The app offers up to date tide information for locations across Australia and sunrise and sunset times. Carefully planning your trip will mean you never find yourself fighting against a rapidly retreating tide and in a potentially dangerous situation.

Cost: Free
Available on: Android

KAYAKLOG

Kayaklog tracks all of your adventures. You can use it to track your travel time and distance, your speed, and also the weather conditions like wind speed and air temperature. You can use this to track your progress or share on social media. It also has an emergency ID function, which can be used to track your whereabouts if you don’t arrive at your end destination.

Cost: Varies depending on subscription
Available on: Android and iPhone

PADDLESAFE APP

This app catalogues more than 400 waterways in New South Wales, from rivers and estuaries, to lakes and dams. It delivers weather information and can offer information on river levels directly from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Cost: Free
Available on: iPhone

GOOGLE KEEP

This isn’t strictly limited to kayaking, but the Google Keep is one of the best reminder apps out there. I keep a list in the app of everything I need to take with me when I’m hitting the waterways and the app sends me a reminder before I leave to make sure I don’t forget anything.

Cost: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android

EMERGENCY +

The ultimate lifesaving app. Developed by the Australian emergency services, the emergency + app uses a GPS signal rather than 3G or 4G to calculate coordinates and sends them to a Triple Zero operator who can coordinate the rescue operation. An essential app for kayakers or anyone who likes to explore locations off the beaten track.

Cost: Free
Available on: Android and iPhone

Let a little bit of technology into your next kayaking adventure. Not only will it offer valuable information, but it might just save your life.

 


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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.