If you enjoy ocean kayaking, it’s important to learn how to go kayaking with sharks in the water. While kayaking in the ocean, sharks are probably swimming near you more often than you think. There are certain things that you can do while kayaking to reduce the risk of a shark attack.
- Reduce the chance of being seen by a shark while kayaking. Sharks have a much keener ability to detect different contrasts than one might think. It may seem a bit odd, but while kayaking with sharks in the water, make sure any dark tan lines are covered, because they can see them. Don’t wear any shiny objects, such as jewelry, because the reflection of the sun will attract a shark's attention.
- Go kayaking in large groups when sharks are present. Sharks are much less likely to attack large groups. For this reason, it’s important to stay in a large group to ward off shark attacks. Kayaking with others is also important because sharks don’t eat immediately; they bite and return later. During the time after a shark bite, you are more likely to survive with a companion’s assistance.
- While kayaking with sharks in the water, it’s important to make sure your kayak is the proper size of fifteen feet or larger. The bigger your kayak is, the safer you are. Avoid staying in one place for too long while sitting in the kayak, so you aren’t mistaken for a seal or other marine animal. Also, try to paddle in a rhythm to eliminate unnecessary splashing. By keeping a rhythm, sharks won’t be drawn to any erratic movement on the water's surface.
Making the choice to go kayaking with sharks in the water is a decision that should be made with careful consideration. While shark attacks are rare, they are known to occur. These tips will only reduce the risk of a shark attack, they won’t fully prevent an attack, so always use caution.