Older Age and Kayak Injuries

Old age doesn’t at all mean you should stay at home, and you definitely can and should seek physical activity, but at the same be aware of the risks of being injured while practicing your favorite sport, whether it’s fishing, kayaking, or the combination of both, namely kayak fishing.

Elderly kayakers and kayak anglers are more prone to getting injured while using their fishing kayaks than younger kayakers and kayak anglers are. The older you get the more vulnerable your body becomes to being mistreated and abused, including when praticing various sports and outdoor activities, and the more serious the injury gets to be, in terms of pain, gravity, and the time and means it takes to heel, and for you to recover.

Old age doesn’t at all mean you should stay at home, and you definitely can and should seek physical activity, but at the same be aware of the risks of being injured while practicing your favorite sport, whether it’s fishing, kayaking, or the combination of both, namely kayak fishing.

Before you start fishing from kayaks, you’d better know what type of injuries you may be risking, and the best ways to avoid them. The best article that covers these issues is called Common Kayak Injuries,  and it relates to both kayaking and kayak fishing, since paddling sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks is not different from operating any other recreational or touring kayak. Typically, such injuries are the result of having to paddle while being seated in the L position, and from the application of traditional kayaking technique in this position.

Needless to say that elderly kayak anglers can get injured while entering a sit-in kayak, or when they come out of it, since these actions become increasingly difficult and demanding as one grows old, to a point where many old kayakers and kayak anglers can no longer take the physical abuse involved, and are forced to quit the sport they love.

I Don’t Like To Get Wet – I Need A Fishing Kayak That Will Keep Me Dry!

Well, apparently this senior angler is absolutely right, and all kayakers, weather in cold or warm weather and water would better better stay as dry as possible, because of a surprisingly long list of reasons detailed in this article about getting wet in fishing kayaks called “The Wet Ride In Fishing Kayaks – Problems and Solutions” .

Yesterday I talked to an elderly angler from South Texas, who complained about the poor comfort that fishing kayaks offered to his old bones, and the fact he couldn’t switch between positions, which gave him a sore back after fifteen minutes.

That’s no surprise, of course, since most people don’t feel very comfortable in kayaks, especially as they get older. However, the thing that struck me the most in his list of complaints was that he doesn’t like to get wet, and he found no fishing kayak that would keep him dry.

It goes without saying that sit-on top kayaks are bound to get you soaked wet both from water splashing from the sides, as well as through the scupper holes, but sit-in kayaks aren’t much better since you’re sitting so low and close to the waterline that you’re bound to get splashed even by small eddies, and by your own paddle.

The need to keep dry is understandable when cold water and weather are taken into consideration, but what’s the problem in a hot climate like the one you find in south Texas?

Well, apparently this senior angler was absolutely right, and all kayakers, weather in cold or warm weather and water would better better stay as dry as possible, because of a surprisingly long list of reasons detailed in this article about getting wet in fishing kayaks called “The Wet Ride In Fishing Kayaks – Problems and Solutions” .

This article also points to which fishing kayaks would keep you dry, and they are neither sit-in nor SOT kayaks, but a new type of watercraft called W kayak.

Senior Moments in Kayak Fishing

If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability. Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.

If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability.

Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.

A significant proportion of kayak fishing capsize accidents happens while the kayak is stationary, and the angler inside, or on top of it is fishing, and loses balance, often while trying to get hold of some piece of fishing equipment stored in a hatch that’s too difficult to access, or fell on board or inside the kayak.

You can capsize a fishing kayak simply by turning around to talk to another person, or observe something on the water, or on shore.

Sitting peacefully in a common fishing kayak and being hit by a sudden wake sent by a motorboat you didn’t notice can result in an overturned kayak, especially if the kayak is not super-stable, and your own reactions are a bit too slow, or excessive.

In other cases, the angler is standing in his kayak, or on the deck of their SOT kayak, believing the kayak is suitable for stand up fishing, just to discover, a bit too late, that there’s no ‘Plan B’ option in case they lose balance, which can be caused by a variety of things, including being distracted by external events, or by one’s own wandering thoughts…

There are over forty million people who fish in the United States alone, and many of them are seniors. There are also over seventeen million leisure boats in the country, most of which are motorboats, and many that are used for fishing, including by many elderly people. In comparison, the number of people who fish from kayaks is dismal, and the proportion of senior kayak anglers out of the entire kayak fishing population is small. This basically means two things: That when fishing is concerned, the overwhelming majority of anglers prefer motorboats to kayaks, and that kayak fishing isn’t particularly appealing to senior anglers, and for good reasons.

CONCLUSION

In order for fishing kayaks to accommodate the needs of senior anglers, such craft should offer more comfort, stability and accessible storage than all sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks offer,  as well as easy access into the kayak, getting out easily, and an overall level of usability and safety that seniors can find only in W fishing kayaks – for normal conditions as well as for those ‘senior moments’ that can happen to anyone.

The Senior Kayak Angler

When kayak fishing is considered, more people like you realize that it’s a nice idea, in theory, but when people like yourself are considering it – it’s a no go, because there are too many problems associated with it, as well as risks. This blog is meant to be your voice – The voice of the senior kayak angler who likes the idea of fishing from kayaks, abut won’t accept the risks, discomfort and pain that come with it.
This blog will address both problems and solutions presented by fishing kayaks today, as experienced and perceived by elderly anglers who’s been there and done that, and won’t buy the hype.

We’re all seniors, or hope to become seniors when the time comes, and we all want to lead a healthy and active life, without compromising our comfort and safety.

Comes a certain age, when you realize that you have the right and obligation to think for yourself, as well as the capability to do so. That’s also when you begin to think like a wise person, which usually means being more careful (or simply less careless…) and take into consideration questions like “What If?”, and “Says Who?”.

You don’t get excited that easily, and you’re more skeptical, and critical.

When kayak fishing is considered, more people like you realize that it’s a nice idea, in theory, but when people like yourself are considering it – it’s a no go, because there are too many problems associated with it, as well as risks.

This blog is meant to be your voice – The voice of the senior kayak angler who likes the idea of fishing from kayaks, abut won’t accept the risks, discomfort and pain that come with it.

This blog will address both problems and solutions presented by fishing kayaks today, as experienced and perceived by elderly anglers who’s been there and done that, and won’t buy the hype.

When you’re ten years old, overturning your kayak is an achievement, and when you’re twenty years old, it’s fun. When you’re thirty years old it’s no big deal, and when you’re forty years old it something you’re rather avoid, but it’s still acceptable.  When you’re fifty years old, it’s an unpleasant accident, and when you’re over sixty years old it’s something that should not happen. Period.

As for leg numbness, back pain, wet butt, yak ass and other physical problems, minor or major – younger people may accept them and tolerate them as part of the sport of kayak fishing, but elderly anglers simply reject them, and rightfully so.

Kayak fishing is meant to be fun, and not some hazardous outdoor torture, and this is a notion that does not require to be proven, or justified – It’s axiomatic, meaning that it goes without saying.

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