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Spring Forward Safely

March has arrived and daylight savings time starts this weekend. Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes longer days and milder temps. While the air temperature is on the rise, the water temp remains on the cold side, and will only gradually warm up. This can make early Spring paddling a little risky, but very manageable, if you plan for it. Just like late Fall, early Spring in Southeastern, North Carolina usually sees a few boating tragedies. The most recent was a paddler who died while kayak fishing in the Albemarle Sound. He made a couple of mistakes, that unfortunately, cost him his life. First, he was not wearing a PFD, and secondly he was paddling alone after dark. Evidently he rolled his boat, and though he called for help, he drifted away and drowned. His body was recovered the following morning. Prior to launching your boat for that first Spring paddle, it's a good idea to take stock of what you have and what you need to remain safe while paddling. While it goes without saying, wearing a well fitted  PFD is always a good line of defense. With water temps hovering in the low sixties, it doesn't take long to go hypothermic. In the worst case scenario, a PFD will keep you from drowning, when your arms and legs become limp and numb. The PFD will also insulate you as you paddle, and help you keep your core dry and warm. What about supplies? A small or medium dry bag has more than enough room for everything you'll need for a day trip.  Pack a small first aide kit, matches, a spare change of cloths, small towel and some extra energy bars. Should you roll, you'll be able to dry off, changes cloths, start a fire, and have a snack. Not only will you be safe, you'll be much more comfortable for the paddle out. Also, if paddling with a group, you will have saved the day. Being ill equipped is not only unsafe, it's also selfish. If you have to evacuate immediately, some, if not most of the group will be required to do the same to ensure your safety, thereby effectively ruining their paddle. So do the right thing and be safe out there.  Hopefully you won't have to self rescue, but you'll feel secure knowing that you can. And if some one else needs a helping hand, you can make that happen also. 



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Scott Schmolesky has been kayaking for over 20 years and has been an instructor the last ten. Most recently he started the outfitter and guide service, The Expedition Organization which offers guided kayak programs in Southeastern, North Carolina. His paddling adventures have taken him through Australia, Europe, and throughout the U.S. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can read more of his articles here.

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