Never been kayaking. Mostly just use a canoe. But beautiful kayak and fish. Once while in the swamp helping with frog research ( we were listening for frog calls to see what types of frogs and about how many were out there) I turned on my flashlight to move around and my flashlight immediately caught the red glow of some alligator eyes not two feet from me. Was a really scary thought he was so close and I didn't know.