Kayaking for Beginners
You may have been tempted to book a kayaking tour once, only to brush away the thought, believing it to be too strenuous or too technical. Well the good news is that at Kayaks and Boards, it is never too much of a hassle. In fact, it is an exciting, stress-less way to get some exercise and fresh air while you see the world from duck eye’s view.
If it sounds stressful, just remember that there are people who have learned the entire sport in a matter of hours. Contrary to what most people think, kayaking is a super approachable activity. Here are some of tips for beginners.
Visit the Professionals
You can always go on a kayaking tour so that you can learn how to kayak before you contemplate buying your own boat and kayak paddle parts. Before anything else, you may want to look up a certified instructor and a professional outfitter.
An instructor is supposed to teach you the basics and get you the right type and size of kayak that suits your level of training or kayaking capability. Since sea kayaks are designed to tip less than other types, most beginners go for this one to learn. You will want to buy foot pegs that adjust you and a seat that keeps you intact while you paddle. If you are renting from Kayaks and Boards these things are supplied for you.
Don’t be too Hard on Yourself
Sure, kayaking is easy to learn, but that doesn’t mean that you push yourself too much your first time using the paddles. Like any task you undertake, with kayaking you must be honest to yourself about how much you can take. Your first priority is learning the techniques, so take it easy while you learn the ropes. Once you have the technique on point, the whole activity will come effortlessly to you.
Posture is Everything
Your instructor is going to tell you everything you need to know about kayaking, but the one thing you have to be vigilant about, and what they might not remind you constantly of, is to sit as straight as you can, only allowing yourself to lean a bit forward. If you lean back even slightly, you have less control on the kayak. While kayaking remember the rule toes-to-butt; put the paddle in the water as forward as your toes are, and bring it back to your side.