Kayaking is extremely fun, and you should learn how to do it. Generally speaking, it’s easy to learn, but there are a few basic tips you’ll want to keep in mind. Below are kayaking tips for beginners.
Take A Lesson Or Two
As a beginner, you should take a lesson or two in kayaking. Out of all the kayaking tips, this is probably the most important. Paddling a kayak looks easier than it is.
While it’s true that paddling a kayak isn’t exactly a science, you might find yourself struggling to do it for the first hour or so, if you haven’t received some training. Receiving a lesson or two will get you off to a good start, and you will learn how to recover if your kayak capsize and you’ll learn how to paddle correctly. Don’t worry about costs because kayaking lessons are very affordable.
Don’t Dress For The Weather
Too many beginners make the mistake of dressing for the weather and not covering for the water. For example, if it is hot outside, then a beginner might be tempted to wear a t-shirt and shorts to go kayaking. However, the water might be freezing. Therefore it’s not a good idea to dress for the weather.
What you want to do is get an idea of the condition of the water. Research the area you will be going kayaking in and then dress accordingly. Plus, you’ll be out on the water for a long time, which is another reason to dress for the water and not for the weather.
Pick The Right Kayak
The right kayak can make all the difference in the world. Don’t make a mistake many beginners make by choosing the cheapest kayak they can find. Sometimes the most economical kayak might be the best, but more often than not you’ll likely regret it.
There are many types of kayaks on the market, and this includes everything from tiny play-boats to long narrow boats to everything in between. As a beginner, you should consider buying and using a sit-on-top kayak. These types of kayaks are more accessible to paddle than most of the other kayaks out there. What you want to do is compare as many kayaks as possible and then decide which one you should use.
Hold The Paddle Properly
You might be surprised at how difficult it is for beginners to hold the paddle. When you’re learning how to kayak, you’ll want to pay attention to how you hold the paddle because this will make maneuvering the kayak much more manageable. Use both hands to hold the paddle and make sure the concave park is swept through the water. Also, make sure your hands are about a shoulder length apart or just over a shoulder length apart.
If you want to make things a lot easier on yourself, then sit appropriately in your kayak. If your kayak has a backrest and it’s comfortable, then that’s great but don’t slouch. You want to sit straight and make sure your buttocks and your lower back are 90 degrees to each other.
On the kayak’s sides is where you’ll find foot pegs. Make sure your heels are pointed towards the center, while your toes are pointed outwards. Make contact with the braces and make sure you keep your knees bent outwards and upwards. Sitting properly may take a bit of time to get used to, but it is important to sit correctly at all times.
Wear Buoyancy Aid At All Times
All people should wear a buoyancy aid at all times, regardless if you have never used a kayak or if you have many times. Think of buoyancy aids as being similar to life jackets, as they will come in handy if your kayak capsizes and you end up in the water. You can be the strongest swimmer around, but you never know just how strong the currents will be.
If you go to a kayaking school, you’ll be provided a buoyancy aid. However, it’s a good idea to rent or buy your own. Make sure you invest in a quality buoyancy aid.
Bring Extra Clothing
This may be a simple tip, but it is an important one, and many people forget to do it. There’s a good chance you will get wet while kayaking. Therefore it’s a good idea to bring a spare set of clothes, but the clothes you bring should be appropriate. As previously mentioned, you want to dress for the water.
The above kayaking tips should come in handy. Some of those tips you may have already known about, while some you may not have known about. Feel free to reread this article as many times as needed before you get out on the water. Remember, the more you practice, the better you’ll get at kayaking.
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