Does anyone here use a boat tether while Kayaking. I think I may add one to my safety gear list. I have thought of using one but had always figured entanglement as a potential problem. However visiting the website for the National Center for Cold Water Safety I came across their recommendation to use one. Now I would not use one with a WW kayak or in the surf, but It might make good sense to have one on a sea kayak far from shore in rough cold water conditions (below 70 F by their standard). I do know that surfers use a tether on their boards, and some ocean surf ski racers use them, as do solo sailors. Does anyone know of an actual entanglement fatality while kayaking. I have read stories of paddlers separated from the boats. Staying with the boat greatly increases visibility for rescuers, and of course allows one to get back in the boat. I would love to hear your take on this.
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