Sea Kayaking -- A Seconder?

Lesson Two - Etiquette on the Water


kayak and orca photo

Obey Traffic Laws --
When approaching intersections, look both ways before crossing!

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Fender-benders are so annoying when out in the boondocks, so stop, look, and listen like your parents taught you. Yield to traffic from the right, as I correctly demonstrate here. (female orca moving fast, Johnstone Strait, B.C.)


Bring a Delicacy to Share at the Potluck Lunch!
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Fritos just won't cut it. The Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK) are renowned for the unusual and interesting meals produced to share on kayaking trips. Sushi is particularly popular. (River otter, Misty Fiords Natl Monument, SE Alaska)

River otter photo


(Black bear on shore)

The Locals Often Enjoy Picnics Too
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-- so remember Thanksgiving and invite them to join you. Just be a little skeptical when they tell you they are strict vegetarians. (Black bear, Misty Fiords Natl Mon. SE Alaska))


(Orca next to shore)

Sea Kayaking Provides Great Opportunities to Check Out Interesting Tidepool Animals
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(Orca joining picnic in the San Juan Islands, WA)


Navigation - Pick Out a Landmark to Orient Yourself
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For example, in this situation, in the absence of any distinctive landcape features, I would orient on the double kayak in the lower left of the picture. Its to the North now, so you can use it as a compass. (Riggs Glacier, Glacier Bay NP, SE Alaska)

(Riggs Glacier, Glacier Bay)


John Payne & brown bear, Misty Fiords

Bring A Long Lens for Your Camera
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Getting pix for that all-important slide show on your return is, of course, extremely important. You will find that a long lens makes it easier to get those interesting closeups of animals. (John Payne & brown bear, Misty Fiords Natl Monument, SE Alaska)


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