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Hi guys

Been new to all this has me wondering what sort of safety gear you guys carry, we have a basic list here (which changes all the while) but I thought it would be interesting to see if we differ in any ways between the north and southern hemisphires and why.

Cheers GB1 :)
 

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GB I don't go offshore [estuary, river and dams only] so the only safety gear I have is my PDF
 

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pfd type2, with reflective strips on back
whistle, attached to pfd (surprised noone else has mentioned these)
mobile, in waterproof case
lightweight, full length clothing (I've been in the drink in this stuff and its no hindrance and dries quickly, and provides full protection from the sun)
2-3mm steamer in winter
hat
sunblock
2l water bladder
 

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Open Water:
PFD 1, very yellow and visible
Long Johns wet suit and booties
Whistle attached to the PFD
Arafat style hat
Sun Block UPF30+
Columbia Fishing Shirt (high UPF rating)
Mobile Phone in water proof case
Paddle, hey my ride is a Hobie, so a paddle is a piece of safety equipment.
Norstream Angler Gloves (neoprene for cold Tassie mornings)
Torch, just in case I am out after dark or predawn.
Spare set of clothes, stuffed into a dry bag.
2 x 1 litre water bottles

Closed water
All of the above
only exception is a PFD 3, which I have just ordered as seen below
 

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It is worth noting that if you are out of service range from your mobile phone provider , "000" may not work. If you dial " 112" this will connect you via the nearest service available and put you thru to emergency.
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devo said:
From what I understand "112" is the worldwide emergency number for
all GSM mobile phones .( I am also on a 4WD forum - EXPLOROZ and first came across the 112 information there.)

Check out the following links for more details

http://emergencycalls.aca.gov.au/callin ... obiles.htm
http://www.amta.org.au/default.asp?Page=40

Hope this helps
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Thats correct. 112 is specified in the standards for GSM. Local countries are allowed to have their own number, like 000, but the carriers must support 112. A lot of phones when out of range will display something like ""Emergency calls only". Thats when 112 is still working. Note that 112 may not work for CDMA phones.
 

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redphoenix said:
One advantage of using the coastal patrol though, Matt, is that you can 'log in' with the coastal patrol, and provide them with an estimate of off-water time. If it gets past that time, and you haven't checked in, they can send out the cavalry.
Red they give a little latitude but not much if your haven't reported a return, if running late its easy to extend, and your logged ETA is adjusted in case there is a change in shift personel...on return logging off is as important as the log in for obvious reasons.

When you are overdue the ASR just ask boats who are in the immediate area you nominated to have a look before launching a full rescue effort.

I dragged a bloke out of Moreton Bay at night many years ago after such a notification many years ago, he had been in for about 2 hours and nearly 30 odd boats were looking...quite a funny story his going into the drink
 

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Hi guys

Seen as 90% of my kayak fishing is done in the big blue sea and only 10% on the river fly'ing for pike I have a basic list of kit for the kayak.

VHF Radio
Mobile in aqua pack
flares (pencil)
Compass rigged to kayak
Anchor -------//---------
Whistle on pfd
Energy drinks/water
Chocolate bars and sweets

trip planner given to wife....ie: launch and return site, times, car registration number, and no in party with names and radio call signs.

Then the clothing boiles down to what the weather is doing but I always have a change of clothes in the car and carry waterproofs on board, should the weather change at any time.

Hope this is of some help

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Gb1 :)
 

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Standard offshore kit for me

1 Sea kayakers PFD ( similar to Blaens) seldom worn but allways within reach
2 paddle leash
3. break down paddle (bungeed to rear of yak)
4. Lots of water
5. good SPF rated clothes & hat
6. a change or warm dry clothes & towell
7. small tarp ( emergency shelter)
8. light warm spray jacket.

Basic First aid kit includes
panadol
bandaids, & a couple of bandages
disinfectant
savlon
linament
 

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Peril said:
Thats correct. 112 is specified in the standards for GSM. Local countries are allowed to have their own number, like 000, but the carriers must support 112. A lot of phones when out of range will display something like ""Emergency calls only". Thats when 112 is still working. Note that 112 may not work for CDMA phones.
It's also worthwhile noting that, that while it doesn't matter if you have coverage from your own mobile network to use 112, you do not even need a SIM Card in a GSM or 3G handset to do it, so long as you have coverage from a GSM or 3G network.
 

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Oops, it seems to me the only difference is the weather extremes, everything else is similar.
When I lived there every kayaker I saw was rugged up to the nines and looked COLD.

Ian
 
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