Have an escape option
I was kayaking near the Lakshwadeep islands in the Arabian sea. I was in a sit in kayak where it was enclosed near the waist. While paddling a wave hit me. It flipped the kayak and left me hanging upside down under water. I probably took in a bit of water in the initial panic moments while trying to flip over. When that didn’t work, I threw away the oar and tried to remember how I locked myself in and eventually got myself free. Would have been easier if I had learnt how to flip the kayak.