Check the straps!

As I pulled one of our kayak straps down to secure a kayak onto the roof rack today it snapped. Luckily I was pulling downwards and not diagonally. Otherwise I’d have take a nasty fall. The strap looked okay except that it hard torn apart...

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“Thunderbirds are go…”

A great day afloat in St Brelade today doing BCU 3 Star training. Wind came up a bit and Keith ended up doing his “International Rescue-Thunderbirds are go” bit to help a lad on an Stand Up Paddle-board (SUP). 3 SUPs had headed into...

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Kayak Registration in Jersey

A new law is about to be debated in the States to update the old regulations for Boats and surf riding craft. This is now lodged for voting in the States on 1 May 2012.I learned of this by chance and was concerned as it requires kayaks to be...

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Time for sea kayak air bags

What happens if the ‘watertight’ compartment on your sea kayak starts to leak… If you paddle a sea kayak with bulkheads, most of the time you only have a few items of gear in each hatch. That’s an awful lot of empty space...

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Sea Kayak Visibility

How visible are sea kayakers? I recently came across one of those dark green coloured kayaks. The sort that people buy because they think it will not scare the fish away. What surprised me was just how hard it was to see them in comparison to...

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Testing Buoyancy Aids (PFDs)

People often wonder how they can check their PFD (or buoyancy aid as we call them in UK) is still ok and meets flotation standards. Somewhere deep in the BCU website is this document on how to test PFDs (buoyancy aids). It dates from 2000...

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