Skimming along the water of a lake or the ocean with the swift and silent strokes of your kayak paddle is an exceptionally calming experience. However, because of the mobility granted by a kayak, it is easy for kayakers to venture into waters that are isolated or too far for safety. . Kayakers can also take to rougher ocean and river waters with some training and skill, but according to the U.S. Coast Guard, 75% of kayak fatalities are caused by capsizing. Statistically, capsizing is just as likely on calm water as it is on rough water . Once in the water, it can be difficult to get back into the kayak without some practice. This can be especially dangerous for a capsized kayaker in freezing waters, as they have only a short amount of time to be rescued without serious health risks or death- even with a lifejacket on.
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