Kayaking Tips and Tricks
We scored some really reasonably priced kayaks and they float! So here’s a some good information for novice kayakers like us. A few things that I learned and I’m passing it along to get your straight into that water.
A couple tips:
1. It’s easy to get started you don’t need to own a kayak to get on the water. Anywhere close to water typically has a paddle shop where you can do an intro lesson or guided tour. Visit https://www.canoekayak.com/start-paddling/clubs/ for a local spot.
2. So if you are wondering, why might kayaks be better than say a canoe? Here is the list with credit provided to Thoughtco:
- Kayaks are easier for beginners to paddle solo.
- Kayaks are more maneuverable than canoes.
- Kayaks can keep gear dryer than canoes.
- Kayaks are faster — 2 blades are better than one!
- Kayaks can handle rougher conditions than canoes.
- Kayaks won’t take on water when waves come over the bow.
- Kayaks keep the paddler protected from the elements.
- Kayaks are lighter to carry and easier to load on a roof rack.
- Kayaks can include rudders to compensate for wind and currents.
- Kayaks allow the paddler to be closer to the water, which is a great feeling.
3. Recreational kayakers need a life jacket, paddle, immersion clothing, rack/trailer for transportation, and a kayak.
4. Try to overlook the unflattering gear.
In other sports, players wear sexy, tight uniforms that define their butts and muscles. No such luck here. Kayakers have huge drysuits, and they are always wearing these very strange looking “skirts.
5. Kayak safety tips are super important. Here’s the quick list with more details on this link from paddling.com . Things know:
- Don’t drink alcohol and paddle. Water is unforgiving and you need to have all your senses in tact.
- Always wear a life jacket.
- Plan for the elements. Bring gear that is water resistant and be prepared to layer up or layer down.
- choose an appropriate locations for your paddle skill level.
- Practice getting in and out of the kayak in the water so you are comfortable doing so.
Enjoy the ride!