@Allan Olesen said:
If I understand it correctly, someone will sometimes borrow your house including the kayaks, so you don’t really know what is happening, and can’t give them instructions?>
Apologies, I should have been more clear. The house is our year-round residence. Unless one of our adult children happens to visit when we are away (unlikely), we will always be here with any house guests.
I expect to always accompany inexperienced kayakers. However, my wife may consider this “needless worry” and say “they’ll be fine.” Maybe that’s my biggest concern and perhaps best remedied by a conversation or two.
No spray skirts will be offered to guests…the water on the pond is pretty calm.
Seems more like a water safety question than a lending a kayak question. Someone with water safety competency needs to take responsibility to supervise inexperienced people.
Yes, this is a better way of stating my concern. I don’t have issues with people borrowing the kayaks. I’m concerned with keeping them safe when they do. I would not say that I have specific water safety competency. I haven’t taken any courses, nor have I rolled my own kayak yet.
As a mature adult with a couple of years of experience, I can probably help my friends/guests to be safe. Again, this is on a moderately sized kettle pond, with no underwater dangers (pipes, junked cars, logs, etc.). We’re not talking open water or river use…
I am open to suggestions on how to improve my own water safety competency, including specific courses I should take. (Googling…) Looks like a local company (www.capecodkayak.com) offers two – the first, a course on self-rescue and helping others, and a second on rolling.