Foreshore inspector Rob is back on the blog today – and with sunny weather ahead he warns of the importance of being prepared when heading out on the water… ☀️🌊
When the sun is hot and high in the Worthing sky, and the sea is as flat as glass and you can see every ripple, it’s natural to be drawn to it and feel the need to explore this endless space.
Entering onto this unfamiliar surface is fascinating – being able to see the sand, flint and kelp habitat beneath, with mackerel, garfish and mullet shoaling below you. It’s only possible on those perfect days when a few natural factors come together.
Paddle boarding and kayaking are proving the most popular way to achieve this magical experience, in many cases along with canine companions!
Although recently, watching our coastline through my binoculars, I’ve noticed a common, worrying pattern occurring with a lack of ‘self preservation’ prevailing.
Maybe they are seen as un-fashionable, bulky or too expensive, or just unintentionally missed off the list, but a buoyancy-aid or lifejacket will save your life and your pets should the worst happen!
I’m witnessing far too many venturing out without one; it’s not a reflection on your water skills; it’s just essential survival kit to make sure you can return and enjoy the sport again and again. Situations can occur on paddleboards and kayaks that are out of your control and which will leave you glad you had one. These are some of those situations:
-An offshore wind can develop and push you further out, or off the craft altogether
-Collisions or wake from other vessels could unintentionally put you in the water and away from your craft
-Leg injury especially on paddle boards from falling into the water on the shallow seabed could restrict you getting back up on your board
-Your dog could enter the water and run out of energy due to the depth or cold water.
The list goes on…
I appreciate paddle boards have a leash, but the water is cold all year round and injuries, hypothermia and fatigue can occur quickly.
Many styles for man and dog are available and cost can fluctuate, but lifesaving kit shouldn’t be brought on a ‘cheap is best’ basis.
Our dog Penny loves hers and she’s modelling it in the photo for you!
For fishing kayakers, buoyancy aids are available with this in mind and have extra pockets and room for traces, weights and knife etc. Be sure to check them out.
Once you have the kit you’ll have the piece of mind too that if the worst should happen, you’re both covered as best you can be before one of our safety vessels from the Beach office team can assist you.
It’s not worth the risk or loss guys. Now get back out there and paddle further and fish harder 🙂