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Old 05-31-2017   #1
Melbourne, Victoria
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Waterproof GPS, types?

Hi all,

For the last few years Iíve lived on the coast of Cambodia, and while itís beautiful here there has never really been much in the way of watersports, at least not to any decent level. About 30kms from here is a long river network offering some fantastic scenery, yet no one has seemed to take full advantage of it yet.

Recently, I was offered access to six kayaks (basic standard) to take care of and use as I like, as the owner is going away for six months. Iíd really like to get something going, whether it be an alternative day out for tourists or something of a community based project for the locals.

As kayaking isnít so well known here Iíve had to look online in terms of gear, to find things that make the whole experience more safe and comfortable, like lifejackets, dry bags and the like. Iíve already ordered a few sets of gloves (https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/kayak-gloves-best), which should arrive in the next week or so.

What Iíd like to try and get hold of is some kind of waterproof GPS unit/receiver, though as itís something thatís more specialised, Iím not likely to find it on general mail order sites. More importantly, I donít really know exactly what Iím looking for. Can anyone here recommend something that has good functionality, without being too expensive? Any thoughts or ideas would be very well received.

Many thanks

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Old 05-31-2017   #2
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I do not know too much about the gps, but I have learned the hard way about waterproof.... I do a bit of sea kayaking on big lakes, and larger rivers (hudson around NYC)

You can get water resistant, waterproof and submersible.
If it is going to be on a kayak, you want Submersible, or IPx7 or IPx8,

Just waterproof is NOT, and will fail from water ingress while paddling.

I had a waterproof VHF crap out at a really bad time due to water while sea kayaking, and I was REALLY exposed (little kayak, big shipping channel, lots of large boat traffic), Now I get everything that is submersible at a minimum.
I had some good friends get into quite a bit of trouble in long boats, and I re-evaluated my safety kit, and now carry a bunch more stuff when I am in a long boat (PLB, 5 watt submersible VHF, signaling supplies, whistle)

The garmin GPSMAP64 is good

I am not sure about service, but a garmin/delorme inreach explore+ will store waypoints, give you sat messaging, maps, and an sos feature.
But it will require a subscription.

Depending on how far you wander, it may be a good idea to have a PLB instead of an inreach too if you ever get in way over your head.

Sea kayaking is a ton of fun but because the boats are fast it is pretty easy to get pretty far from home quick and things can get bad REALLY fast due to weather issues.
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Old 05-31-2017   #3
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I use a samsung galaxy s5 with waypoints from riverbrain. and have a bunch of my own waypoints and notes. the phone itself is "waterproof" but I keep it in a lifeproof case as well. keep it in the pocket of my PFD, swim with it, jump off rocks in to the river all that fun stuff. never any problems. it's been down the main salmon the last 3 years with no issues and countless day trips.
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