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Kayak Operation

Kayak Features

Hatch Foot Area Seat Paddle
Kayak Hatch Kayak Foot Area Kayak Seat Kayak Paddle

Operating a kayak is a great way to get up close and personal with nature. Operators tend to get a closer look at wildlife because the kayaks are quiet and can operate in very swallow waters. In the above pictures, you can see the kayak hatch used for storage during the trip. These hatches are not waterproof. The foot area has multiple positions to accommodate operators. Old but functional sneakers⁄shoes⁄Tevas should be worn because they are suitable for mud, water, jetties, and oyster reefs. Flip flops or sandals should not be worn. The kayaks are the sit-on-top variety and your clothes will get wet. So, swim suits, old jeans and old shirts are appropriate attire. Sunblock, sun glasses and insect repellent are also recommended. The seat is attached to the boat with clips as shown in the picture above. The paddles are stored in two separate pieces and must be snapped together before use. Kayakers must pay close attention to weather while on the water. 

Kayaking Check List

Required equipment needed:

  1. Paddle, Seat & Personal flotation device (PFD)
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. VHF radio & cell phone
  4. Whistle

You must bring:

  1. Good Shoes—Old but functional sneakers⁄shoes⁄tevas for mud, water, jetty, oyster reefs. No flip flops or sandals as they are dangerous.
  2. Clothes for water work—Swim suits, old jeans, old shirts. Layers are good. We have wet-style kayaks, so you will get wet!
  3. Sun block—It should be a high SPF and waterproof and should be applied 30 minutes before launch.
  4. Insect repellent
  5. Water—Caffeinated soda is not a good idea.

You should bring:

  1. Sunglasses, hat, long sleeve shirt
  2. Pencil and paper or small notebook for species lists
  3. Big zip lock bag
  4. Adaptability and sense of humor for field work

You may bring:

  1. Cameras—They should be put in a double zip lock bag.
  2. Binoculars
  3. Field Guides
  4. Meat tenderizer
  5. Towel

Do not bring:

  1. Anything small and valuable (we lost a class ring once).
  2. Alcohol for consumption