Kayaks are typically built using a mixture of fibreglass and plastic with a design to match different environments, which include lakes, oceans and rough waters in general. The primary source of learning to kayak involves the ability to paddle, but becoming a great kayaker involves much more technique and the proper use of equipment. We have offered some tips for beginners to get a start on their water activities and make a start to the journey of becoming an expert kayaker.
Why Should We Use a Kayak?
Kayaks are made for more mobile users and can hold from one to three individuals depending on the model. This is also very dependent on the material of the kayak as the strength of the vessel determines the rigidity and stability with more passengers. Plastic Kayaks can be found as the cheapest and are used for recreational users whereas Kevlar kayaks are much more expensive and are reserved for the more seasoned professionals. There are a variety of more professional kayak types which should most definitely be taken into consideration as to become an expert; you need to handle the best gear from the get-go.
We recommend doing your research on the materials and shapes that are used based on the type of activities you are planning to use your kayak for. For sea kayaks, a longer body on the vessel can assist in covering much more distance and have much more stability compared to Whitewater vessels which are made more for protection from rocky surfaces and rough terrains.
As experts and kayakers ourselves, we recommend using sit top kayaks as they often have the most stability for beginners and are very easy to set up and venture out. They are also extremely lightweight and low-maintenance which makes for an easy purchase for the first-time beginners of our community.
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Getting the right safety equipment
Safety is often the most overlooked aspect of watersports, and we are here to tell you that if you do not make it back from your first attempt, there is a 100 per cent chance you will not be going on your second kayak anytime soon. Get the right equipment from the beginning and invest in floatation devices that will be keeping your head above water during any potential accidents. We take safety very importantly and invest in helmets that will keep our skulls out of danger. Lastly, you will often put in some time and effort finding the right bags to keep your belongings safe, but you want to be sure that this remains waterproof to protect your personal belongings and to keep them out of the water while you fall in.
Learning How to Kayak
Basic paddling and safety are of the utmost importance, and we recommend that you either take a few lessons or invest in an instructor that can take you through the necessary techniques to make your way out on following sessions. Proper technique demands less strenuous effort and can keep you on the waters for a more extended period. During the initial teaching phase, you will not require any equipment as your fees usually include hire, which can help you understand whether this sport is indeed for you or not.
There you have it! These are our tips for you and for the beginners who may be reading this, kayaking is a sport which requires a proper investment and to be sure that you will be continuing, we look forward to seeing you out on the calm waters for a bit of fun!
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