Kayaking may look simple at first glance—after all, it’s you, the water, a boat and a paddle. However, there is more to it than just you and the water—there’s the safety to consider, and of course, the paths you would take.
Simple as these may be, you should still take the time to review them and keep them in mind while on the water:
- Get a lesson before getting in the water. It’s good practice to keep safe and be safe. One way of doing that is to make sure you know the basics of kayaking before you get into the water. It’s not just you that’ll benefit, but also other people kayaking with you.
- Know Paddling Basics. Another thing you should study on is how to travel on the water through paddling. It might be simple to paddle, but there are techniques to travel faster or slower depending on your stroke. There are also techniques to turn the boat around using the paddle or to avoid capsizing.
- Practice kayaking. The greatest place to practice what you learned will be through canals or any undisturbed body of water. It’s still a good thing to keep a professional nearby, though.
- Practice on different bodies of water. Once you’re confident in your skills, you can try out different bodies of water. It’s a good way to see whether the open sea or lakes and rivers suit you. Don’t forget your safety gear no matter which body of water you choose, though.
Even if you’re confident already, don’t be a daredevil. No one likes a braggart, and it’s also true in sports. Knowing the difference between bodies of water and practicing safety will make you a true kayaker and not just a hobbyist. Who knows? You might also end up a master teaching other aspiring hobbyists!