There’s nothing quite like tackling the waves alone while surrounded by the sounds of nature. Whether you’re facing off against the white waters or taking a gentle drift down a stream; solo kayaking can be really good fun if done properly.

So what sort of things can you expect while kayaking solo? Well for a start, you’ll be in charge of your own vessel. That means that when it comes to steering, controlling speed and trying to stay upright, it’s all down to you.

That’s a lot of responsibility for a rafter, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less enjoyable. Our expert Rafter Jackson has a few things that he always makes sure to check off before he heads out alone, so here’s his list:

Always let people know where you’re going. This is important just in case you get stranded or have an accident.

Check your kayak’s performance before jumping in. This includes checking for damage, holes forming and any signs of rust.

Pack safety gear. You’ll want to wear a life jackethelmet and waterproof gloves to make your trip as effective and safe as possible.