I'm a beginner kayaker and had my first wreck today. I'm trying to run a mental diagnostic of today's events and figure out the gear mistakes that I made. I was hoping that a more veteran paddler would be willing to offer advice.
I was paddling around some rocks inshore and an incoming wave pushed me against a large submerged boulder. In doing so, the wave turned the cockpit toward the incoming water and flooded my kayak. The next wave that hit completely submerged my kayak. I bailed, made my way to shore and eventually re-entered my kayak there (which was thrown on to shore after I exited.)
In addition to assessing my maneuvering and judgment errors, I was trying to figure out whether kayak gear could have prevented the spill. My kayak is a Field and Stream Eagle Run 12" fishing-orientated kayak. It's very stable but has a large cockpit.
Would flotation bags have prevented my kayak from filling with water so quickly? How about a spray skirt (the Eagle Run appears to be primarily targeted for use without one)? Any other ideas?