Kayaking Tips You Need Now

If you’re new to kayaking, you’re probably looking for some handy tips to get you started, so I thought I’d offer you the benefit of my experience. Here are my top hints for staying safe while still getting a lot of fun out of your new pastime.

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Take Lessons

My first and most essential tip is to take some kayaking lessons. Even if you think it isn’t necessary and that paddling a kayak must be a breeze, taking a lesson will help you to avoid the classic beginner mistakes. So many newbies end up paddling in circles without getting coaching, and not knowing how to recover if you capsize is just plain dangerous, so save yourself time and potential danger by getting help from a professional.

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Dress Appropriately

Even if the weather is hot and sunny, the temperature of the water is likely to be pretty cold. If you dress in a t shirt and shorts, you’ll be freezing if you fall in the water, so wear a wetsuit together with a cagoule and gloves.

Choose A Good Kayak

There are many styles and designs of kayak out there, however choosing a solid kayak is essential if you’re a beginner. You need to learn the basics in a kayak that is best suited to the type of water you are paddling in. A flat water boat is essential for lake paddling, and a sit on top design is best thanks to its ease of use and excellent stability.

Stay Safe

Yes, you may well think you’re a good swimmer, however, you should always wear a buoyancy aid when out on the water. If you get into difficulties, you need to know that you’re safe and a buoyancy aid will allow you to move your arms freely.

Sit Properly

It may sound obvious, but in fact, it isn’t always easy to sit properly when in your kayak. Avoid slouching, even against a comfortable backrest – sitting up straight at a 90-degree angle for easier paddling. Keep your feet on the footpegs with your heels pointing towards the center and your toes pointing outwards.Bend your knees up and out, making contact with your kayak’s thigh braces. Your toes should be pointed outwards and heels towards the center. Your knees should be bent upwards and outwards, allow contact with the thigh braces.

Hold Your Paddle Correctly

You need to learn to hold your paddle properly when you’re learning how to kayak. Use both hands to hold your paddle, keeping your hands around a shoulder width apart. Keep the concave part of the paddle’s blade facing you with your knuckles kept in line with your blade.

Bring Extra Clothes

Never assume you won’t get wet when kayaking. It’s always sensible to bring extra clothing with you so you can change when you get out of the water.

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Never Kayak Alone

Even experienced kayakers should never go out on the water by themselves. Should you get into difficulties, you will always have someone on hand to help you if you go out with someone else.