Kayaking is today a popular recreational activity. Many people are opting to choose recreation sites that provide kayaking facilities due to the many advantages that kayaking provides. A recreation activity that is especially popular is sea kayaking. This is where an individual or a group of people go kayaking on the seas or ocean. Sea kayaking includes hiking and camping along the shore.
Below are some principles that sea kayakers should adhere to so as to ensure that they leave the environment clean and disturbed (leave no trace). These principles ensure that the kayakers will also respect other visitors.
Be ready to share the natural resources and be considerate of others: When out in the open seas or on the shores, it is important to consider the welfare of the other visitors in the vicinity. Try to share space reasonably. For example, it would be only reasonable to let the bigger groups to camp on more spacious beaches and the smaller groups to take smaller camping sites.
It is also good if a group of kayakers can stay as a group rather than be scattered around a large area. This helps give other groups more space and freedom. Bright clothes are ideal when sea kayaking since they help other people to quickly identify you, especially those with motorized watercrafts.
Lastly, groups should try not to make any loud noises. Many people go out into the seas in search of quite, let’s not deny them nature’s tranquility. Noise might also disturb the sea creatures.
Manage your waste appropriately: While out sea kayaking, we are apt to have some waste. This could be waste from food that we had carried such as bones, it could be in form of food wrappers or food containers, it could be the packaging of gadgets such as fishing equipment, or it could be human waste. All this waste should be disposed properly.
All trash that you might have or that you might come across should be packed back and disposed in the proper disposals in the mainland. Human waste should also be packed off. Peeing should only be done on durable surfaces i.e. on gravel, rock, grass, or compact sand. Game entrails should not be deposited in fresh water. However, they can be disposed back into the ocean. If you are kayaking on fresh water, the entrails can be buried some distance away from the water body.
Camp on durable surfaces: When camping after a day of sea kayaking, it is important that a group chooses to camp on established campsites. This is an area that has a stable ground of sand, gravel, rock, or sand. Vegetation should be avoided since the more the vegetation is trampled, the more the established site gets enlarged. Vegetation on dunes should also not be interfered with since it helps to hold the dune in place.
For safety reasons while out sea kayaking, it is important to have a tide map to know the point where the high tide reaches.
For the campfire, consider having a small fire that will minimize the risk of starting a wildfire. You might consider packing a lightweight camp stove for the trip which will also help avoid the need of using firewood.
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