5.4 Other water users

We often share the sea with other types of craft. Some of them, especially swimmers, are more vulnerable than us, and need to be looked out for, especially in surf. Mostly, we need to be aware of other craft, make ourselves visible by traveling in groups, and take avoiding action where necessary.

Large vessels can be a hazard in some areas that we paddle in. They travel remarkably fast, and are often unable to maneuver to avoid things due to their size, or because they’re travelling in a narrow deep water channel. Clearly, kayakers need to keep out of the way. It’s worth understanding a little about the navigational marks that large vessels use so that we can understand where they are likely to go.