First-time kayakers will always admit that it’s their initial experience on the water, but most will shun the idea of having something serious happen to them. Getting lost or getting injured, however, is only a matter of when, not if, for these people.
Follow the Rules
It’s for these reasons, though, that they or a guide should have some of these kayaking apps ready:
Checking the Tides
• Simple Tides. It’s a good thing to be forewarned about the waterways. This app does exactly that kind of thing. It’s a good app to be bringing into the ocean with its unpredictable currents, but it’s also a better app to bring into the river, which could also be unpredictable during the wet seasons.
• River Data. Monitoring the river becomes easier with this app. If there is a sudden rise in water levels, this water app will warn you. You can alternatively sign up for text or email alerts from anywhere else in the country.
Improving your Experience
• KayakLog. Ever wanted to share your unique kayak experience with your friends, buddies, or others who want to get into it? This app will help you do that. The weather, air temperature, tide conditions—everything it deems important enough to share will be shared through its website.
• Paddle Ready. Another app that espouses sharing, the app can share your current route with friends, minimizing your chances of getting lost.
• Smart Start Kayaking. Getting tips from experienced kayakers wouldn’t hurt. This app helps you get that experience and more. Safety information, great tips, the site has it all for the novice in you.
• Mountain Buzz. A community site shared by many, this app helps you get information based on personal experiences. You can also ask for tips from other like-minded people.
Make the Rules
With a wealth of information such as these, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself contributing. At the level of a beginner, though, it helps to be a follower first.