Kayaking easy to do but can be deadly without proper equipment

- Kayaking is sport almost anyone can do with very little training.

This is Dylan Osborne’s second time kayaking... He upgraded from training at a pond to the river and he found himself in some trouble on Saturday.

"I was coming up there and hit rock. It hit me on the side, where it got real choppy. It just pulled me and tipped me over and I was on my side.  It was trying to drag me down the river but I grabbed hold of a rock and got out fine," says Osborne.

Osborne wasn't wearing his life vest and got lucky.

Katherine Brown from the Catawba River Experience works with many people wanting to go on the water. She always makes sure that all the equipment they rent out is in proper condition and that renters carry what's required by law on the water.

"We always make sure people are on a kayak that is in good shape, doesn't have any hole or any issues. And we go over any safety tips before we put them on the water," says Brown.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says that you need to carry a whistle when you go out kayaking.  If you don’t have it on you, you could be fined.

The Catawba River Experience also teaches kayakers how to read the water by looking for potential rocks that could flip you.  Brown says that if you can see ripples that create a V shape, most likely there is rock close to the surface.

"So we go over what to do when you flip. Make sure you stay above river from your kayak so it doesn't get on top of you. Hang on to your paddle," says Brown.

The Catawba River Experience always stress that all these tips won't help you if you aren't wearing a life vest.

"You might be the best swimmer in the world but you still need to have that life jacket on you never know what could happen when you are in a fast moving river," says Brown.

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