Practice getting out of your kayak when it is upside down so you can calmly exit your kayak when you capsize.
It is essential that you can remove your spray skirt while upside down
The most common mistake is pushing yourself out of the kayak and not rolling forward. This usually results in scraping the front of your legs on the coaming.
Other mistakes include:
If you change equipment or use someone else’s, make sure you understand how to release the spray skirt, as not all systems are the same. This is particularly important when changing from a plastic to a composite kayak.