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Recreational Kayaking for Beginners

By Edited Jun 5, 2015 0 1

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Recreational kayaking is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Kayaking for beginners does not mean you have to spend a fortune on a recreational kayak. If you are just getting into kayaking here are a few things to keep in mind.

Find the right kayak for recreational kayaking

An inflatable kayak is an excellent kayak for beginners. It will provide a smooth, safe ride, and it is easier to control than a plastic kayak. It's also easier to transport which makes it much more convenient. An inflatable kayak is the most cost effective way to get into recreational kayaking. Think about how many times you are going to go kayaking once you learn how. If you plan on kayaking more than once it really is not worth it to rent a kayak.

Kayaking for beginners (in the water)

Enter the kayak slowly and carefully. You may think you can just jump in, but that could get water into the kayak, which you do not want. Now that you have made it safely into the kayak, it is time to learn how to paddle. The key to kayaking for beginners is paddling with a controlled technique. Use an overhand grip on both sides of the paddle. When you place the paddle in the water, pull with the bottom hand and push with the top hand slightly. If you keep your strokes short, smooth, and under control you will save some shoulder fatigue. Recreational kayaking can cause your shoulders to tire quickly until you get used to the paddling motion. Once you get the hang of paddling it is so much fun to cruise around lakes and rivers and enjoy nature.

Take care of yourself and be safe

Always wear a life jacket, even when using an inflatable kayak. Although inflatable kayaks are more stable you'll still need to be extra safe when recreational kayaking.

Remember to put on plenty of sunscreen. It is so easy to spend a few hours in a recreational kayak without even realizing it. The time goes by so fast and before you know it your knees will be bright red if you don't have protection.

Now that you know some of the basics of kayaking, as well as the importance of safety. You can get out there an experience the outdoors from a whole new perspective. You'll just have to find the right recreational kayak and you will be all set.



Jul 23, 2010 1:18pm
Enterting a kayak is definitely strange to get used to! I love kayaking though. It's a great way to take advantage of the outdoors!
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