Kayaking like most extreme sports is potentially fatal. The hazards are too numerous to list here. However, with proper instruction and equipment the hazards can be minimalized. This book is not meant to be any kind of instruction. It is only a general discussion. All information presented should not be relied upon for safety. It is intended as a partial list of issues you may bring up with a certified instructor. No actual paddle techniques are discussed because you must use a certified instructor if you want to learn the way of water safely. Always use your common sense. Good luck and enjoy your upcoming adventures.
For more than 40 years I have paddled, sailed and canoed all over Puget Sound. I have been told that there are 2000 miles of shoreline and more than 300 hundred islands to explore. In all my time I have never been bored by the ever-changing tides and currents. The water has been a major part of my life.