Summer offers the most amazing opportunities to see the world from a different perspective. Believe it or not, you would not find me near the beach a few years ago thanks to a Great White experience many years ago. However, thanks to an educational trip with Great White Shark Africa in Mossel Bay, South Africa, I learnt a great deal about these animals which tend to put a lot of BIG stories to ‘bed’ – so to speak.
At the beginning of this year, my husband bought me a Kayak. We had quite a few colors to choose from, but yellow is quickly spotted if you run into any problems.
My first kayak experience was a short one. Outside of taking my breath away, it took me a great deal of time to settle into trusting the great mysterious deep! However, with shallow waters and lifeguards with jet-skis, I soon begin to expand my bravery further and further from my starting point.
One can find many Kayak spots along the coast, however entering into the beach area at Sorrento or near Hillary’s Boat Harbor is easier than most place I found to date. Of course, it requires two people to carry the monster boat to the shore line, however I have done it alone. My heart rate monitor was beeping on the high side once I reach the shore line.
The views along the water to the shore is spectacular. One a windless day, one can see straight down to the white sand at the bottom. Of course, Western Australia is known for a number of Great White Shark sightings so I am always on the look out for large movements of water or dark shadows that lurk underneath. #respectthesea
Tips for Kayaking:
- Always wear a life vest. You may think you look like a geek – but rather a live geek than a dead one
- Take your cell phone with in a zip lock bag. Kayaks have little waterproof containers which can fit a cell phone, some snacks and maybe an extra t-shirt.
- If you planning to go for a long trip – take water.
- Always let someone know where you are going.
- Always wear sunscreen.
- If you are a beginner – learn to balance in the calmer waters before taking on a few swells.
- Have fun
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