First-Time Paddler? 4 Kayaking Tips for Beginners

May 15, 2020

Thinking of taking up a new healthy hobby?

More people are starting to consider taking up kayaking. It’s not only a fun way to pass the time in the outdoors, but it’s also good for your health.

Did you know that you can even kayak in the snow?

If you’re new to the world of kayaking, it can be a little intimidating at first. Luckily, it won’t take long to get over this feeling. Once you get in the water and realize how much fun you’re having, you won’t want to turn back.

Beginners should always know a thing or two before hitting the water. Read on to find 4 kayaking tips that will help you feel more comfortable.

Get Started With These Kayaking Tips

Starting out with a new hobby is exciting for anyone, but there are a few things that you should know beforehand. Here are some kayak tips and techniques for anyone kayaking for the first time.

  1. Find the Right Kayak for You

You’ve been thinking about going kayaking for the first time, but you haven’t invested in a boat yet. There are a few things that you should know before you buy.

First, there are a few different types of kayaks. These include the sit-on-top, sit-In, SUP/kayak hybrid, sea kayak, whitewater kayak, and canoe/kayak hybrid. Before choosing one, you should consider your needs and where you’ll be using it.

If you’re looking for stability, a wider kayak like the sit-on-top might be a good choice for you. If you’re planning to go kayaking on a river with rough water, a whitewater kayak could be the right choice.

Stop by the shop and someone in the store can help guide you to which kayak is best suited for your activity.

  1. Use the Correct Posture

You’ve bought your boat and you’re ready to get out onto the water. Now you can learn a few kayaking techniques.

There’s a certain art to sitting in one properly. You might want to practice this in shallow water at first.

It’s important to sit up straight with your back supported by the kayak. You can adjust the backrest to suit your needs. Stretch your legs out and then bend your knees, while having them touch the sides of the boat.

Congrats, you’ve successfully sat in a kayak! Adventure awaits you, but there are still a few more points to remember.

  1. Stay Safe

One of the best beginner kayak tips to know has to do with safety. Flipping while on one can be very dangerous, especially for a beginner who hasn’t learned what to do in this case.

The type of kayak that you have will change the best way for you to get back above water.

One of the best measures to take in order to stay safe is to always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and bring a whistle on the water.

As a beginner, don’t stress too much about flipping over. Starting out on calm waters and knowing your limits will help you become much more comfortable in your kayak.

If you’re still nervous about your kayaking skills, take an Introduction to Kayaking class at the shop. Our staff are very knowledgeable in kayak instruction, and can make you feel much more confident on the water.

  1. Keep in Contact

As you spend more time out on the water, you’ll recognize how important keeping contact with others is.

There are many paddle signals that you should learn before venturing out. These often include holding your paddles in certain ways to communicate with other kayakers.

For example, swinging a paddle back and forth will signal that you need help.

You never know when you might find yourself in trouble on the water, so knowing a few basic maneuvers will benefit any beginner.

Ready to Go on a Kayaking Adventure?

With these beginner kayak tips, you’ll be able to have fun on the water while staying healthy. You can even take someone who knows the ropes with you for a little extra support as you learn.

Now that you’ve learned some kayaking tips you’re ready to buy one for yourself! Don’t forget to pick up a PFD and other kayak accessories to make your trip safe and  memorable. Visit us in-store where we can help you find your dream kayak!