PLB for kayaking

Kayaking, in any form, takes you away from civilization. Whether you navigate the sea, lakes, large or fast-flowing rivers, help is usually hard to find. While the dangers only increase the further you paddle away from civilization. For example, a small mistake or a medical incident can suddenly lead to a life-threatening situation. It is precisely at these times that it is important to be able to adequately send a distress signal and thus activate local search and rescue organizations. A PLB is ideally suited for this.

Whatever the cause of the emergency, with a PLB you can call the emergency services at the touch of a button. The location is automatically shared so that the rescue operation can run as smoothly as possible. Even on the open sea or in dense forest areas you are relatively easy to find. As far as we are concerned, a PLB is standard in your kayak safety equipment. You never know when you’ll need it, but when you do, you’ll be happy that you can call for help without any hassle.

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Why a PLB while kayaking?

An emergency can happen every time, even while kayaking in the Netherlands, things can go wrong. Especially if you go on more extreme kayaking trips, because you go out for days or because you look for the wildest rapids, all kinds of things can happen that prevent you from going any further, and certainly not being able to return. If you are also outside the range of the mobile network, it quickly becomes difficult or even impossible to raise the alarm. With a PLB you can always send an emergency signal. With one push of a button you send out a powerful emergency signal that is received by a global system of satellites. It doesn’t matter whether you are kayaking in the Netherlands, Norway or South America.

To keep the choice clear, we offer two satellite communicators. The Personal locator beacon (PLB1) and the Satellite Messenger (Bivy Stick). In our opinion, the two best options for sending distress signals.

Choose an Emergency Beacon or Satellite Messenger

The distress beacon (PLB1) is only for sending a distress signal. The Satellite Messenger (Bivy Stick) is also an alternative to the satellite phone and allows you to send text messages via satellite to friends and family. In addition, the EDF1 is a great addition to your Safe Outdoor kit. Because as soon as you are in need, you can use this LED emergency signal lamp to show everyone who is looking out for you where you are. The red LED light is so strong that you can see it at over >10km distance. For up to 6 hours.

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Satellite Messenger (Bivy Stick)


Do you often take kayak trips through remote areas and would you also like to be able to send text messages to your friends and family via satellite? Then choose the ACR Bivy Stick (with subscriptions from €15). You can stay in touch via text message or email without mobile network coverage, even if there is no emergency. Of course, in the event of an emergency, you can send an SOS signal at the touch of a button.

The ACR Bivy Stick offers more functionalities than just sending a distress signal. The main features are:

  • Works in remote areas worldwide (Unobstructed view of the sky is required for a good signal)
  • Requires a subscription
    (view the subscriptions here)
  • 2-way communication possible
  • Iridium satellite network
  • Rechargeable batteries (up to 120 hours)
  • Connection with smartphone (Bivy App)
  • Also for non-urgent messages to family/friends (SMS/e-mail)
  • One-touch Check-in
  • Can also be used as a tracker
  • Waterproof, IPX7 rating

Personal locator beacons (PLB1)


The PLB1 can only be used in emergency situations and is very well equipped for this. A PLB is always ready for use, thanks to the battery that lasts up to 7 years without charging. This means you can use your mobile for more fun things, take photos, videos and send as many messages as you want. If you are in real distress, use your PLB and send an SOS distress signal via the officially recognized global search and rescue satellite network; Cospas Sarsat.

This satellite-controlled device sends an SOS signal to rescue services, along with your location. The main features are:

  • Works in remote areas worldwide (works best in clear view of the sky)
  • Dutch PLB permit costs approximately €40 per year
  • Homing signal (which allows a rescue helicopter to pinpoint your exact location)
  • No need to charge, the battery lasts seven years (or until use, it must be sent in for replacement)
  • No ability to send messages home or cancel an SOS call
  • Once activated, the device will continue to work for at least 24 hours, even at -20 ºC, even after it has been unused in the cupboard for (max.) 7 years (the PLB1 can be switched off yourself)
  • Stronger signal than a Satellite Messenger
  • Waterproof up to 15 meters
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Successful rescues after using the PLB1

The PLB has (unfortunately) already proven its added value during kayaking. In the ideal situation, you only have a PLB with you just in case, but you never use it. The fact that these kayakers were saved is largely thanks to a PLB.

A kayaker in Riviera Beach was saved thanks to the use of a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) during his adventure on the water. The PLB activated a successful rescue operation, allowing emergency services to respond quickly and get the kayaker to safety.

– Experienced kayaker

Take responsibility for your own safety and no longer be dependent on your mobile phone or casual passers-by.



When an experienced hunter and hiker from New-Zealand(70) ripped his Achilles-tendon while crossing a creek more than six hours from the nearest settlement he activated his PLB1. Within the hour a rescue helicopter with intensive-care paramedics hovered over him.


An experienced kite surfer went out to sea with two friends in wind force 6 without a contingency plan. When he fell into the cold water, released his kite and lost his board, disaster seemed inevitable. Fortunately, he immediately activated his PLB1, allowing the Dutch nautical rescue services to respond quickly and rescue him from the water.


Kevin had carefully prepared his motorcycle tour with two friends to cross the Simpson desert in Australia. However, when he fell over the front of his motorcycle and injured his back, his only option for rescue was activating his PLB1. Thanks to the PLB1, his friends were able to call for a rescue mission. A helicopter was necessary to swiftly carry him to the hospital for his grave injury.