Don’t get lost at sea! Kayak compasses are designed specifically for use on the water.
Unless you’re only planning on going on guided kayak tours with your kayak, you will probably want to look at the many different compasses available. A compass is an essential piece of equipment if you are going to be your own guide, or if you intend on going on any sort of a kayak adventure. Considering just how serious it can be to get lost, you’ll need to have a compass with you to keep that from happening.
Some people bring compasses that they already own kayaking. There are a few disadvantages to this, so it’s not necessarily recommended unless you have no other choice. First of all, there’s no guarantee that the other compasses you have are waterproof. If you’ve ever been at sea, you’ll know that no matter what you do, water has a tendency to get everywhere.
The second disadvantage is that even if you tie the compass somewhere, there’s still a chance that it could be dropped overboard. In contrast, kayak compasses can be mounted onto your actual kayak – which means that you won’t be able to drop it, and it’ll always be within easy view whenever you need to check your direction.
The third disadvantage of a normal compass is pretty apparent if you’ve ever tried to read the compass while being in motion.
Most compasses have very loose compass needles. What this means is that if you are walking at all while checking your direction, the motion from your walking will cause small disturbances in the compass – which can affect your reading. In comparison, kayak compasses are designed so that even the extreme rocking of ocean waves will not affect your reading. This is important, especially if you are sea kayaking, since the ocean will never be still enough for a compass reading otherwise.
There are several different designs of kayak compasses, and you should always look for the one that you think will work best for you. No matter which brand or style of kayak compass you get, however, chances are good that you’ll be getting a high quality compass that will work well for any excursion. Remember! Being able to get an accurate direction reading will make all the difference between whether or not you’re lost!