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Tides explained

If you are going to go kayaking, then it will be very helpful for you to figure out what effect the tides will have on your trip. Tides can vary by quite a bit depending on the area you are in and what time of year it is. Unless you pay attention to these changes and plan accordingly, you may find that the water depth is not what you would expect it to be. As you might imagine, this could make kayaking in certain areas far more dangerous than it would be otherwise.

First of all, the tides are caused primarily due to the gravitational pull of the moon on the earth. This is one of the reasons why the tides tend to take about 12.5 hours to change. For this reason, you get about two high tides and two low tides every day. Since we've been paying so much attention to the moon and to the tidal fluctuations of different areas, you can even find out what the tide will be like at a certain place and at a certain time of day - weeks or even months ahead of time.

Before you go kayaking in any area, you should definitely make invest in a tide book. Every area has different tides, so you'll want to make sure that you get a book that will tell you when the tide will be a certain way, and how low or high it will be.

Tides do not always fluctuate between the same two values, either. Depending on different forces that act on the tides, and the location of the moon and sun, you might get extremely high or extremely low tides. This is one reason why a tide book is important. Without it, you can't just assume that the high and low tides will be what you want them to be.

Once you've made sure that you're taking the tides into account, you should be ready to go kayaking. Just make sure that if you are going to be traveling over any areas that are relatively shallow that you do so at high tide. You should also plan ahead in case there are areas that you can only cross during certain tides - and make sure that you have a back up plan in case you miss the tide!

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