Tips for Night Paddling

Tips for Night Paddling

Plan your route before you go – You may have done the same paddle countless times or it may be brand new to you. Either way, you must consider that the water and its paths will look very different in the night hours. Pay attention to important landmarks, and definitely have a GPS for added and extra security. It is super helpful and handy and will save you a lot of trouble. Prepare to be out past sundown – Even if you don’t want to be out past sundown, you have to be ready for it. If you’re out past dark, you probably will not be the only one on the water, so you need to be able to be seen by fellow kayakers. This means you need to have the proper visibility and lighting tools accessible. Items and supplies to help visibility can be- a.360º light elevated from the deck of the kayak b.Flag/Marker with high visibility color and reflectivity c.Headlamps d.Flood Lights e.Kayak Lighting Kits Turn on the lights BEFORE it gets dark – Make sure that everything is charged and ready prior to heading out for your trip. Check right before you leave the house. Simply turn the lights on early and it will help a lot. The last thing you’ll need to struggle finding your lighting gear once its already dark out. Fumbling around on your boat in darkness is a sure-fire way to find yourself falling in as oppose to kayaking. Trust your gut- If at any point in your preparation you get a feeling that “this doesn’t seem like a good night to go”, then it’s not a good night to go. Simple as that. Conclusion Night kayaking can be super fun and rewarding for you. There are less people out on the water, and the fish bite just as much as on super early trips. The quiet of night kayaking and angle fishing can not be beat and it is super enjoyable and calming for anyone. #HappyFishing