Magooch, there is another way to overcome ignorance of what the realities of marine boating are, and that is to read the books and manuals about sea kayaking. Give or take the individual lapses in judgement of this or that sea kayaking author, generally they give an excellent overview of open-water kayaking, and address specific issues well also--things like ebb-over-tide dangers at inlets and river mouths, etc., fetch, lee shore vs. weather shore, etc.--that mariners need to know. Figuring these things out for yourself, by yourself, through experience alone, may prove costly.
I began sea kayaking when the few people involved in it were already familiar with outdoor adventure--cross-country or downhill skiing, canoeing, whitewater, SCUBA, caving, hiking, climbing. They had picked up these things from their fathers maybe, or from mentors, or from books. I personally got into caving, SCUBA, and cross-country skiing mostly by reading about it first, in detail. As a longtime reader of sea stories also, I was ready to get into sea kayaking safely via reading, and thus building on what I already knew about outdoor dangers and about specific marine hazards and threats.
But I find nowadays that the first thing people seem to do is to spend hours on the internet worrying about exactly what model of boat or paddle they should buy; maybe they'll check some videos, or ask a perfect stranger on a sea kayaking message board about this or that. But read a book about sea kayaking?? Find out about the marine environment?? What a strange idea!
So, while I am a great enthusiast for learning about sea kayaking through increasing experience, that experience-gaining should be guided always by what one learns from the experience and knowledge of others, through books and manuals (and a good mentor, if you can find one).
Edited by Strange_Magic (03/08/13 10:58 AM)