Not only is kayaking a fantastic way of getting out in nature and enjoying everything our rivers, coastal areas and canals have to offer, kayaking is a great way to keep fit and stay active. As a result, kayaking is suitable for all ages and all abilities.
For those who are just starting out, there are lots of ways that beginners can get out on the water and get to grips with using a kayak. With a wide array of different kayaks for sale, it can be hard to know where to start, however the team at Cambridge Kayaks have years of experience supporting people to discover kayaking and take their first trip out on the water.
In this article, Cambridge Kayaks tells us the top tips for kayaking for beginners, so read on if you’re interested in discovering the beautiful UK waterways for yourself!
Use a kayak which is suitable for beginners
There are many different types and brands of kayak on the market. As a result, before you take your first trip it’s important to do your research and ensure that you’re using a kayak which is suited to your needs. One of the best types of kayaks for beginners are sit on top kayaks.
Just as it says on the tin, rather than sitting in a hollowed out hull of the kayak, you actually sit on top of the vessel itself. As a result, these kayaks are really stable, comfortable and easy to manoeuvre, making them a great choice for beginners.
Have a checklist of everything you need to bring with you
You may think that all you need to go kayaking is the vessel itself – however you should prepare a checklist of items you need before you head out. There are a number of items you should ensure that you pack with you, as well as things such as a life jacket (which goes without saying!). This includes snacks to keep you going, particularly if you’re on a long trip, and a bailer if for any reason the kayak starts to fill up with water.
Ensure you know how to get in and out of a kayak
It may seem like a silly thing to mention, but it’s important that you are fully aware of how to enter and exit the kayak safely. There are different ways to enter the vessel depending on whether you’re at the shore, on a dock or in deep water.
Get to grips with the paddle
There are certain paddling techniques that a beginner can learn when they first get out on the water. It’s always a good idea to practice these techniques in advance so that you feel confident and comfortable, whilst reducing the risk of any injury. You can do this by practicing on dry land in the kayak.
With a wide range of kayaks available to suit different abilities and bodies of water, you’re sure to find the perfect one to suit your individual needs with Cambridge Kayaks.