Kayaking safety lesson we can all learn from

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Too often we ignore safety; not wearing PFD takes some lives each year, even in situation that looked harmless.

That’s why I want to thank Rob Kramer, experienced kayak angler from Hawaiian island of Oahu for sharing the story from his last kayak fishing trip.

We can all learn a thing or two from his first hand experience, or at least get reminded how small and helpless we are in the face of nature. Forces of nature can be unpredictable so being aware of that and prepared for worse can save lives. Next time when you feel lazy to pack all your safety gear because you don’t expect trouble just get reminded of Rob’s story.

Rob’s professionalism and how serious he takes things saved his life, so please learn from his experience instead of waiting bad things to happen and catch you unprepared. Trouble always comes when least expected, otherwise you wouldn’t be there anyway.

When it comes to a real lifethreatning situation like this one there is no room for errors. If Rob didn’t have his VHF radio and the locator, despite wearing a PFD there is chance he wouldn’t have make it. I can resonate with the toughs he fought to and the hell he went through before being saved despite having all the safety gear.

Once again want to thank Rob for sharing this as a perfect example what safety gear should look like and how things quickly escalate when least expected.

Please watch Rob’s video and read his story….and REMEMBER it!!

You can also check his Instagram profile some other cool pics and videos.

On Monday I experienced tropical storm force conditions on my kayak and was lucky to get back home. I launched with a some of the most experienced guys ever to paddle/peddle the Pacific Ocean and I was the only one that didn't return without help. We all launched a half hour before 1st light expecting beautiful conditions predicted by NOAA and several other sources. At sunrise, we experienced the complete opposite when all hell broke loose. My kayak took on a lot of water after rolling one time from poorly sealed hatches. The kayak easily rolled a few more times while filled with water and there was really no getting back on after that. While I was drifting in 6-8 foot sea swells, I heard dozens of cracks from thunder separated by a second or two from the earlier flash. There were multiple waterspouts reported but I never could see them hiding in the heavy rains. I even had a nice size man o' war make it up my board shorts and sting all three of my legs😂. No really, it happened and it was painful but somehow it made me laugh when it happened since I was thinking "How much more intense could this be?"… Thank you God no sharks escalated things further 😨. Fortunately, I carry a PLB and a quality VHF radio. These two items saved my life along with the amazing work of the Haleiwa Fire Department and the Coast Guard. I was able to keep in contact with the Coast Guard and the PLB helped the rescuers locate me even when I couldn't see the island to tell them where I was. Once the storm started to let up, the Coast Guard helicopter appeared and so did a jet ski from the Fire Department. I even saw @redlegsgear paddling around looking for me and then dropping a lure once I was found🤣. A MONSTA mahalo to the Wailua Fire Department, Coast Guard, @redlegsgear and anyone else that was involved in my rescue. I lost a small amount of gear and a real nice @purebredfisherman hat but kept my life because of my PLB, PFD, VHF and some really amazing people. @uyedabrothers @malama808state @johnsonjdon #resqlink #kayakfishing #extremekayakfishing #yaktribe #yaklife #coastguard #vhf #safteyfirst #getaPLBnow #purebredfisherman #redlegsgear #plb #Isurvived #stillhere #pfd #alive

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After falling in love in fishing as a young boy I never looked back. I am grateful to my grandfather for embedding the love and passion for fishing and nature into my life and for all the hours and patience spent fishing with me. The older I get the more I realize how valuable gift that was. Thank You!! My passion for fishing, sports, movement, nature and people led me to become a fitness trainer and to dive deeper into science of human movement, nutrition and health. After getting a long lusted fishing kayak which I was dreaming about for years a whole new world and horizons opened. With a kayak my fishing got a new meaning and is getting to a new higher level. Kayak fishing perfectly conjoined my passion for fishing, movement and exploring, making my bonds with nature and appreciating life beauty to become even more intense. I am looking forward to this journey, and as a father of two I hope I will transfer at least a piece of my love for fishing and nature preservation to them.

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  1. Thanks Nikola for sharing my story. I was really fortunate to walk away from that one alive. I hope others see how important it is to carry a VHF radio, PLB and a PFD when kayaking.

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