Safety First!

I live in southeast Missouri and kayaking has become very popular. On the weekends the area rivers become very crowded with kayakers. I see so many that aren’t wearing life jackets. I myself used to be one of them. One day I just happened to put it on and ended up dumped in class II water and if it wasn’t for my life jacket I would have drowned.

For those of you who don’t know the water classes:

A – Lake water; still

Class I – Easy smooth water, light ruffles, clear passages, occasional sand banks and gentle curves

Class II – Moderate

Class Iii – moderate difficult

Class IV – Difficult

Class V – extremely difficult

Class VI – extraordinarily difficult

Safety devices have a purpose in life and are there to keep you safe.

I know they are cumbersome and can get in the way but they can save your life. There are those in your life that would appreciate you using one.

I have been boating and kayaking for 50 years. Never came close to drowning until that one dreadful day. It wasn’t the first time I had been dumped. Unfortunately when learning something new unplanned things happen due to the lack of experience.

Just keep in mind when you get in that kayak or boat that the decision as to jacket or not could be a life saving decision.

In closing I would like to remind everyone that if you pack it to the river take it home with you. Please don’t leave your trash on the river or lake. Keep our water ways clean.

Spread the love and be kind to one another. “

One thought on “Safety First!

  1. Excellent timing as o have seen numerous kayaks around here lately…and these are waters 10 feet above flood stage. I choose to think these are experienced kayakers out for Dept of Parks and Recs or another group monitoring extent of flooding here. Happily, i can report use of life jackets…but we know that is rarely the case.

    I understand the reluctance of wearing one: uncomfirtable (usually from illfitting or just not used to them. But you are exactly right.

    Safety first..our relatives and friends will be glad we did.

    Excellent timing, love knowing the class of waters…and I am pretty sure one diesnt have to look far here to find water in each class. Yes safety first.

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