Originally posted on https://www.news9.com/story/41022878/a-quick-beginners-guide-to-kayaking
Is there anything as serene as a gentle paddle across a quiet lake on a fair summer morning?
There’s a reason kayaking is enjoying a bit of a boom in popularity right now. Not only is it a truly relaxing way to spend a day, but it’s also a fantastic, low-impact workout.
Interested in taking up kayaking, but aren’t sure where to start?
Here is everything you need to know about how to kayak, so you can stop dreaming of peaceful mornings and hit the water.
Before you can start kayaking, you’ll need to find yourself a kayak. That said, not all kayaks are equal.
There are a few different types of kayaks you’ll need to consider before making your final selection. The two most common varieties of kayaks new kayakers will need to know about are sit-inside and sit-on-top.
Sit-inside kayaks are slightly easier to paddle than the sit-on-top version and offer a little extra protection to their users. While sit-on-top kayaks can be harder to paddle, they are also more stable than sit-inside ones and are excellent for novice kayakers.
Once you decide what kind of kayak you want to use, it’s time to take the next step and figure out how to get your hands on one.
If you’re new to kayaking, you may want to consider borrowing or renting a kayak before buying one. Decent kayaks can be a bit expensive, so you want to make sure you enjoy the sport before investing in one.
Once you have your kayak, you’re going to need to find a paddle.
Just like with kayaks, there are dozens of different varieties of kayak paddles out there. That said, novice kayakers should only really worry about one thing when choosing their paddles: the length.
Paddle length depends on two factors: your height and the width of your boat. The taller you are, or the wider your boat is, the longer your paddle should be.
When you pick a kayak, figure out how wide it is and cross-reference that with your height before picking out a paddle to use.
While kayaking is generally a pretty low-octane sport, it’s still a water sport. And, water sports are by nature a bit more dangerous than activities on-land.
So, you need to make sure you take the proper safety precautions before you hit the water.
Never kayak alone. Not only is bringing a kayaking buddy more fun than going alone, having someone with you can make all the difference should an accident occur.
Kayaking is exclusively an outdoor sport, meaning you’re going to come into contact with the sun. Before getting in your kayak, make sure to use sunscreen and take precautions to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
Finally, whether your kayaking on the open ocean or a tiny lake, you should always wear a life preserver.
The final hurdle new kayakers will have to face is getting in and out of their kayak. But, if you keep your kayak steady, it’s as easy as sitting down. Beyond that, paddling is a breeze.
Now that you know how to kayak, it’s time to get out there and hit the water!
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