Anyone that has ever been to Louisiana can tell you that there are many amazing water sources in the state. The Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain is no exception! Residents of Covington, Mandeville, Lacombe, Slidell and other nearby areas have long ventured out to nearby lakes and rivers in canoes and kayaks. Taking the time to paddle through the water ways can be very relaxing and turn any day into a vacation. But, you have to make sure that you are well prepared for whatever type of experience you are headed for.
First off, keep in mind that just because you are starting in a very calm and quiet location does not mean that your trip will remain that way. In fact, there are times when you may be in your kayak and find that even the gentlest stream is going to turn into faster waters that could become dangerous. Therefore, you have to make sure that you are educated and that you have full control with the paddle.
Next, there are certain safety rules that should always be followed when you are paddling. No matter where you go it will be important to always follow these rules and guidelines. You should always be sure that you are wearing a life jacket. It does not matter how good you think you are you should never be in the kayak without a life vest.
Avoid paddling on your own. The twists and turns of the Louisiana waterways could mean that a person could become turned-around. Even an experienced kayaker can run into trouble due to weather, a health emergency, or unexpected situations. A partner or buddy is essential for safety.
Take the time to check out the weather before you get in your kayak and head out into the water. Never assume that the weather is going to remain nice and beautiful. Louisiana weather can turn from clear skies to torrential downpours in just minutes.
If you’re just getting started with kayaking, drop by Seal Sports where we can help outfit you with a rental and give you some suggestions for calm waterways. We know that a good first experience is essential, and we are ready to help you find the right gear and outing for your needs.