The key to safety in any endeavor is to know your limits. Don't plan on doing a 20 mile open water crossing when you have not yet paddled 20 miles in one stretch along shore. Don't go on a paddle that will take a minimum of 4 hours when thunderstorms are expected within two hours. Don't mistake kayaking with hiking. The safety considerations when out on the water are completely different from those for when you are on solid ground. When you get tired, you can not just lie down and rest. Even just stopping paddling may put you at risk. Weather conditions can change quickly, and there is no shelter out on the water. Waves can rise quickly and pose a significant [safety hazard]?.
Threats to safety include:
Other safety factors include;