Kayaking safety tips for your Riviera Maya vacation

Posted March 30, 2009 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Watersports

kayaking safety tips for the Riviera Maya

Kayaking on the bays of the Riviera Maya is a lot of fun, especially on calm days with little wind. Almost all the kayaks along the coast are the “sit on top” variety and therefore cannot flood and sink making kayaking safer, especially for the inexperienced kayaker. You can expect to have a fantastic time kayaking if you will just follow these simple guidelines.

  • Always wear a personal floatation device, life jacket!
  • Always stay inside the reef break, inside the bay!
  • Be aware of weather conditions and wave action.
  • Beware of off-shore winds that make it difficult to return to shore.
  • Beware of on-shore winds that increase the size of waves.
  • Tell someone your paddle plan, which includes: where you are going.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages before kayaking.
  • Wear sun block to prevent sunburn.
  • Consider wearing sunglasses and a hat.
  • Make sure children are watched and supervised while kayaking.

kayaking with a guide in the sian kaan reserve

 

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