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How often do kayaks flip over?

Kayaks rarely flip over. Flipping happens even less in calm waters.

Getting flipped over while kayaking can be a nightmare, especially if you are a beginner. Much as kayaks are not designed to flip-over easily, they can.

There are different reasons why your kayak may flip-over. It could be the type of water that you are paddling or the type of kayak that you are using.

Kayaks are generally stable until unforeseen circumstances occur to make them flip over.

Generally speaking, a kayak’s stability depends on the design of the hull. The longer and narrower it is, the more likely it could flip. Flat hulls like those on recreational kayaks also make the possibility of flipping slim.

Most sit-on-top kayaks come with flat hulls thus making it hard to flip unless you are faced with bad weather and very choppy waters.

Where you wish to kayak can also determine how often your kayak will flip over. Flipping over on calm waters is next to impossible unless you don’t have a good balance on your kayak. This is not the case on the sea where waves may cause the flip over. In other words, the chances of flipping over on rough waters are higher than on calm waters.

Can you avoid or lower your chances of flipping over?

Much as it is not a guarantee that you will not flip-over at least once in your kayaking journey, there are things that you can do to limit this. Wear a personal floatation device so that in case you get flipped over, at least you have a fighting chance to keep on the water, especially if you are a beginner.

Things that you can do to avoid flipping over include:

  • Find the right kayak to suit your needs. Consider your skills and where you will be taking the kayak before buying.
  • Avoid kayaking beyond your capabilities. Don’t go to the sea for example when you are just a beginner. Stick to calm waters.
  • Invest in quality safety gear.
  • Stay in calm waters
  • Check and double-check the weather condition before heading out.
  • Maintain a good balance on the kayak. Avoid unnecessary movements while kayaking.

Keep safe while kayaking

Besides trying not to flip over, you should also take steps to ensure that you are safe on the water. You should wear the right clothes to avoid Hypothermia. The clothes you wear will depend on weather conditions. You could opt for a dry suit or a neoprene wetsuit.

Check out the weather condition and wear a personal floatation device. Last but not least, avoid wearing things such as necklaces around your neck as you don’t want the items around your neck to get caught up on something in the unfortunate event you do flip over.

Kayaks regardless of how expensive they are will flip over at one point or another. However, with the right precautions, the chances of flipping over are limited. Whatever you do, don’t panic if you do, don’t panic if you flip over. Ideally, you should kayak with someone else, especially if you are a beginner or if you are headed to new waters.

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