Originally Posted by JustKip
No offense, really, but until you've had a couple of swims and self rescued you only have false confidence. I suggest you get out there and do it on purpose...seriously!
And boating alone, especially for a novice, is a big no-no. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, but those who would rescue or recover your body as well.
I hope you do find somebody to boat with, and soon! Have you looked up any local paddeling clubs?
It's pretty easy to roll my boat over and get back in. I've practiced and it was easy. That's one reason I got an IK. I've also watched a lot of you tube videos on kayaking. I've practiced eddie peal outs and backpaddle ferries. I can make my boat go where I want it to.
I've floated with a friend that had a lot of white water experience. He took a lot more risks than I did. Being with other people is no safer if they do stupid things. I think he demonstrated false confidence.
I never got into this sport wanting to do big water. Class 3's are enough of a challenge for me. Most of the water I float these winter days are class 2. I'm not interested in thrills as much as a gentle scenic float.
I wear a wet suit, a good PFD and above all I know my river and it's issues. I also carry a cell phone and fire starter in my jacket. I have hot water bags in a dry bag and dry wood and a hobo stove on board on all my winter floats. I stop along the way, put up a tarp, start a fire and eat hot food and drinks.
I have not really attempted to join any local clubs, they are either hardcore kayakers or sea kayakers. The local hardshellers go off to the creeks and wild rivers and the sea kayakers do the lakes. That just leaves me and the drift boaters doing the Willamette above Eugene.
Drift boaters are often alone and rarely wear their PFD's. I haven't seen a kayak, raft or IK on my strech of the Willamette since it turned winter. If I have a hardshell kayak I wouldn't want to go alone. Once it fills with water you need a friend to help get it to shore. I resqued a swamped kayaker this summer. Boats full of water are really heavy, I'm glad my IK self bails.
I wish I could find someone that was safe and not a thrill seeker who knows the river I float as well as me. It would be a comfort, but I'm beginning to think I'm a rare bird.
How many trips do I need before I'm not a novice?