There are many benefits of kayaking, making it a popular choice for those who love getting out in the great outdoors, from providing a full-body workout, to the ability to explore areas of coastline and waterways. If you’re new to kayaking, it could seem a little daunting. After all, you need to understand the different types of vessels, and equipment and also get to grips with how to paddle. However, this shouldn’t put you off as it is easy to get into kayaking and develop your skills around the hobby.
At Cambridge Kayaks, we have a specialist team who have vast experience guiding beginners at the start of their kayaking journey. With a wide range of different kayaks in stock, including sit on top kayaks, we can help you find the perfect kayak to suit your needs and ensure you have everything you need to get out on the water.
In this article we’ll be exploring some of our top tips for those starting out and will provide you with some inspiration to get out on a kayak.
Choose a kayak which is suitable for beginners and your requirements
When searching for your first kayak it can be difficult to know where to start as there are a number of different types and styles available. It is also important to think about the type of kayaking you want to partake in – for example, kayaking on rivers or canals is different to coastal kayaking so requires different vessels.
At Cambridge Kayaks, we’d always suggest a sit on a top kayak as the best choice for beginners. Suitable for all ages and for all family members, this type of kayak is extremely versatile, robust and stable. In addition, they are really easy to paddle which makes them suitable for a wide range of waterways.
Ensure you have all the safety equipment
It goes without saying that you need to have a flotation device and/or life jacket with you at all times when you’re out on the water. This is especially important if you are kayaking with children. Even the most experienced kayakers can fall into the water unexpectedly.
Additionally, it is important that you dress appropriately with enough layers of clothing in case you get too hot or cold. The weather can be extremely changeable, and even on the hottest of days, the water can actually be freezing when you call into it.
Learn basic paddling techniques
Before you get out on the water, practice your paddling techniques and styles on dry land. Simply sit in the kayak on the ground, and imagine you are on a river. Carefully move your paddle as if you were in the water to really get to grips with the weight and the manoeuvrability of the paddle.
Plan your route carefully and let someone know where you’re paddling
On your first expeditions, it’s important that you have a clear plan of where you want to travel with your kayak. Map out your route well ahead of schedule and let someone know where you are going. This is to ensure that someone can raise the alarm if you get lost or stuck somewhere.