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Safe Kayaking - New Zealand Kayak Magazine

Gear in or on my PFDCompassFolding SawParachute Flares(8)Take 5 FormKnife & WhistleChap StickLanyards on theKnife & VHFEmergency lightWaterproofMatchesWaterproof VHFin a drybagPFD (Personal Flotation Device, also known as a Buoyancy Aid) If I’mswimming is it robust enough and will it stay on me? The PFD containsthe most important emergency equipment I carry. Then when I’m sittingon the beach contemplating why my Eskimo roll did not work I can expectsomeone to find me before it’s too late.Missing from the picture above is the cell phone also in adrybag and in my PFD. (below)The Take Five Form - Personal Gear List and GroupCheck List is used as a final reminderto be discussed atthe pre-launch briefing on the beach.8 ISSUE SIXTY Two • Spring 2011 www.kayaknz.co.nz


Gear in my emergencydry bag.EmergencyProcedures BookletTransistor Radio ina dry bagSpare BatteriesDuct TapeSpare string/Rudder cableFirst Aid KitBeanieEmergencyBlanketPVC TapeFire Lighting KitSpare PolyproTorch & SpareBatteriesI carry two dry bags. The red one with my emergency gearand the blue with more spare polypro (you can never have toomuch) towel and tarp. The tarp has so many uses. A groundsheet, emergency shelter, sun shade and even a sail. The pumpis stowed on deck in the bungies.If you want a canoe that will handle a month’s worth ofsupplies to head out on a wilderness adventure, this isthe canoe for you. In the Outfitter 16 you’ll find all thegreat things that have made these canoes a paddlinglegend in places like the Yukon and Canadian Arctic.Or use that space and stability for some quiet fishingor family fun. Add good tracking and hull speed plusdurable materials and you have a canoe for all seasons.A quality canoe made in Canada. www.novacraft.comNova Craft canoes are available at leading kayakretailers and distributed in New Zealand byGreat Stuff Limited. For furtherinformation on your closest retailer,email: greatstuffltd@xtra.co.nzwww.kayaknz.co.nzISSUE SIXTY Two • Spring 2011 9

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