Typically kayaking can be viewed as a relaxing experience, washing away the stress of the day including your boss (or kids) yelling at you.
Sadly it looks like it might have had the opposite effect on a gentleman from Westfield, Massachusetts who, according to court records pleaded not guilty to a host of charges (including attempted murder) after he allegedly attacked another man with a kayak paddle and held his head underwater. All while out kayak fishing one evening.
The state of Massachusetts has a new House bill sitting with the Senate committee that is related to kayak safety and instruction.
Senate Bill S:974 is an interesting piece of legislation as it will require anybody who paddling a kayak to wear a personal flotation device in good and serviceable condition.
Another major section is related to kayak instruction. Here is the key wording: