On my radio

It’s amazing the places that sea kayaking takes you. I don’t just mean the physical places, but also the new learnings and skills that one must acquire. For example, if someone had told me a few years ago that I would now find myself possessing an official VHF Radio Operator’s License, I would have greeted them with incredulity to say the least.

A VHF Radio is a fairly vital piece of kit for anyone planning on going out on the sea as, signal permitting, it provides a direct connection to safety, in the form of the rescue services or other vessels in the vicinity. This could quite literally mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. I think it is fairly clear to any kayakers who have ventured out into less than pristine conditions, that, regardless of the skill levels present, an unstable situation can all too readily go pear shaped and one can never ever presume that “it won’t happen to me”. In addition, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a party of sea kayakers could assist another vessel in distress and indeed we have heard one such story.