Do I need a kayak pump?
When you are ready to put your kayak into the water, don’t forget kayak accessories for safety. Here are just a few of the different types of safety kayak accessories:
- PFD: A personal flotation device (PFD, a.k.a. life jacket) is one of your key kayak safety accessories. Be sure your PFD fits snugly around your torso while allowing for maximum arm and shoulder motion. Look for additional features on PFDs, such as carabiner clips and holders for emergency flares.
- Kayak pump: A kayak pump can be used to remove excess water from your kayak when you put it right after capsizing. You can find inexpensive hand pumps that can be inserted in the bottom of the cockpit to remove water. You also can permanently install electric kayak pumps, but they are more expensive, and most paddlers find that a hand kayak pump is sufficient.
- Paddle float: A paddle float is an inflatable device that you can attach to one end of your kayak paddle to help keep the kayak steady as you climb back in after capsizing.
For expert advice on safety accessories for kayaking, visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop.