Teach Proper Sun Sense Saturday, 12 August 2006
If you were to look at the possible occupational hazards in your career as a sea kayak instructor probably the biggest hazard would be the sun. Photo Credit Dan Klein Nobody is completely safe from the sun. The risk of skin cancer today is much greater then it was 20 years ago. That is because we are exposed to more ultraviolet rays due to the thinning of the protective layer of ozone around the earth is becoming thinner due to pollution.
Therm-a-Rest ToughSkin Wins OutDoor Industry Award Wednesday, 26 July 2006
Seattle, WA. – The Therm-a-Rest® ToughSkin™ puncture-resistant self-inflating air mattress has won a Silver OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD at the 2006 European OutDoor Trade Fair. The design competition, debuting this year, received 153 product submissions from 21 countries. An international jury of experts selected seven top products for gold and silver awards.
The Wet Exit: Make it successful the first time Tuesday, 25 July 2006
Over my years of talking to former kayakers, many of them have some sort of story along the following lines, "I tried kayaking once but it flipped over and I got trapped inside of it. I thought I was going to die!" Taking the time to teach the wet exit properly and professionally is extremely important because the reality is, if the wet exit exercise goes wrong for the student and they panic, they might not ever get in a kayak again!
Intelight Sport Endurance White Strobe Light Monday, 26 June 2006
Developed in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Kliptek Inc. recently unveiled a line of high-end strobe lights for both recreational and professional users. The 12 low-drain LED's (Light Emitting Diode) creates an intense strobe that the manufactures claim will be seen for up to 7.2 kilometers and continuously flash for up to 10 days before needing to change the batteries. The hidden secret to this otherwise innocent looking strobe is the technology packed onboard. Inside you will find a wear-free infrared reflective sensor encoder built into its low-drain onboard microprocessor. What does that mean? This unit has no physical on/off switch like other strobes but rather a sensor inside that can tell the position of the rotating head. Since nothing actually touches each other, nothing is going to wear out or break due to moving parts ensuring a reliable unit for a really long time.