I am a new paddler but totally, totally into it.
I am about 1.7 years into owning and remodeling a very cool but small cabin project on Orcas Island, Washington. This island is one of the best kayaking spots on the planet but the area does present real challenges.
I have a waterfront view from the quiet east side of Orcas and I grab my binoculars whenever I see any kayak or small boat out on the super variable water conditions.
What I have I noticed is quite a varying degree of water safety out there. All kinds of what I would call rec boats, solo paddlers, small boats with folks standing while taking selfies, sit on tops in fast currents and more. No accidents to report but it does make you think?