The right gear can help to keep you safe, but your kayaking skills, experience and judgment are the keys to having fun and safe paddling trips. Learning from experienced paddlers is the best route to success. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the equipment, practice with it and keep it in good working order. Be sure to bring it aboard when appropriate, so it is not left in a gear bag on shore. Please check the Sit-in-side and Sit-on-top gear departments for additional items such as float bags and paddle leashes. See the related articles in our index of Safety Information.