Kayaking is one of the most popular outdoor pastimes out there, and it’s easy to see why: Roaring waters, gorgeous scenery and the adrenaline pumping through your veins; the rush becomes an addition unto itself. But what if you’re interested in kayaking and have no idea where to start? Here are some common kayaking questions answered.
What’s the best type of kayak for beginners?
The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 is a great option if you’re only starting out, but know you want to take kayaking more seriously. The Lifetime Marina Recreational is another great starting kayak for beginners. If you’re on a budget, the M3141 Kayak PVC Inflatable Outrigger and Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak come recommended.
What are the best clothes for kayaking trips?
What people wear for kayaking trips is down to their personal preference and style: But the general rule of thumb is to avoid anything that will be either cold and heavy when it gets wet. Wear tight-fitting, body-hugging clothes ideally made from waterproof and windproof materials – and remember that a lifejacket is more than just an accessory!
Do you have to be fit to kayak?
Kayaking is a great way to stay fit; but many beginners want to know what their fitness level should be to take up the hobby. Kayaking counts as moderate exercise, and if you find that you’re comfortable with a brisk run then you should be just fine in a kayak! Heart rate counters can help you track your fitness levels as you go.
What do you do when your kayak capsizes?
Everyone capsizes – it’s part of the hobby. Skateboarders wipe out on the tar, but for the kayak enthusiast it’s capsizing instead. Step one is to remain calm. Then, you want to place your paddle over your stomach and pull off your spray skirt. Push yourself out of the kayak with moderate force, while making sure you don’t knock your head against any obstacles.
What else do I take when kayaking?
Of course, you’ll want to remember your kayak and paddle on your trip! But you should also remember to take along a basic first-aid kit (in a waterproof bag!), your sunscreen to make sure you can handle the elements, sterilized water – especially if you aren’t local to the area, trust us on this! Also carry a change of clothes, and other emergency wilderness supplies such as flares and iodine tablets.
What is the most stable kayak on the market?
Beginners will want to find the most stable kayak they can while still learning the ropes. You should know that the broader and heavier a kayak is, generally the more stable it is considered to be on the water. WaveWalk offers the Super Stability range, which is a great option for beginners – especially if you are kayaking for fishing, too.
Are there laws related to kayaking?
Always be familiar with kayaking laws for the area you will be going to. For example, in most areas you do not need a license or permit to kayak – but you do need a Personal Floatation Device (often called a PFD) as required by law.
Are there apps for kayaking?
Yes! There’s an app for almost everything these days, and kayaking is no different. Paddle Ready comes from the American Canoe Association (ACA) and tells you everything you need to know about canoe and kayak safety. Simple Tide will keep you informed about the movement of the tides, and Go Paddling gives you thousands of locations to pick from when you are sitting down to plan your next kayaking trip.