A Kayak And A Drowning Woman

I opted to try kayaking at the Linaon Bay in Negros Occidental. It was my first time and I definitely sucked at it – BIGTIME! The bay stretches at about 4 kilometers having those calm,ย wave-less, waters. It has an average of probably 15 to 18 feet from the surface to the floor. Well, it sounded like ย a great opportunity for me to practice and hone my “kayaking” skills, right? 8)

My goal was to perfect my paddling and navigation, the way I move from left to right, and the proper techniques that gets me going. Snorkeling and Sight seeing are just additional “goals” so to speak. As I was geared up complete with aย life jacketย and awesome reflective aviator shades, a little push from my side and off I went adrift!

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That’s me being overly excited to get to the water!

Across was a small fishing boat, probably a few hundred meters away, there were four kids tossing their fishing nets and one treading in the water. I paddled towards them and as I got closer, I talked to them. I asked the one in the water if it will be alright for him to let me borrow his “bamboo-made” goggles. Yeah. I desperately want to check the corals down below!

I leaned on my left and next on my right and as I tried to put my entire head on the surface of the water to get a clearer view, the kayak tilted, and boom! I was helpless and floating on the open waters of the bay – lol! Yes. Thank God for buoyancy! I don’t know how to swim – so much for a semester in college swimming! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Paddlin’ like a pro!

Good thing my uncle was close and he helped me get back to the kayak. I was laughing because I could not even pull myself up. haha. Oh well, at least I got the chance of seeing what’s underneath the bay – beautiful and huge corals, clusters of sea urchins, yellow, blue, and orange fishes, a bunch of starfish, sea snakes, sea weeds – everything! To my surprise, the floor was covered with white sand. Very odd when the coast is somehow grey and golden…

Ok. I did not drown! But I could have if I forgot to wear my life jacket. And if I did, you might end up head over heels laughing. What and experience! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. whoa that’s scary. i almost drowned in kawasan too. but kayaking is a great activity!

  2. it is such a fun activity! ๐Ÿ™‚ i guess everybody is prone to drowning. i need to learn how to swim and SURVIVE hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. That’s a rare experience, regine. Triple experience. Kayak, when the kayak was tilted and you were afloat in the open water and seeing those corals down below. :-).

  4. haven’t thought of that!!! thank you! indeed, it is a rare one! glad i survived ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Ephraim Arriesgado

    May 19, 2012 — 11:00 pm

    We need to meet so I can teach you basic swimming!!! (freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke) Kaya? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This cracked me up. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the same might happen to me if I try to kayak alone. At least you had loads of fun!

  7. Yeah! Oh and BTW, across the bay is now your dreamy DANJUGAN ISLAND ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Cool! When are you going there? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Next year na ๐Ÿ™ cancelled due to the bad weather :((

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