I have read with interest the passionate responses to the recent rolling post. I am always enlightened by the insight and experience behind them. Hence I put forth an expanded query as to what fellow p-netters believe to be a listing and ranking of what are considered to be crucial sea kayaking skills.
I would consider it more beneficial if you qualify the type of paddling that require the skills and by relative merit. If they are sequential, then a 1, 2, 3 ranking. If parallel, then group the ones of equal importance please.
For the record, I typically day paddle for several hours in open salt water. The 10 to 20 nautical mile trips are in winds to 25 knots and waves to 4 or so feet.
- self awareness of my ability and the environment
- experienced judgment to wear and bring adequate gear
- good boat control for tracking and turning
- ability to self rescue with reliable rolling then reenter and roll
- prudent weather and navigational expertise
- physical fitness, strong senses of humor and adventure