How to Kayak for Beginners

You’re a beginner kayaker. If that’s you that I just mentioned two seconds ago, welcome to this piece. Let’s talk about what you need to know, shall we?

Necessary Gear for Kayaking

Anyone that you’ll be getting your boat from would give you these items:

Paddle

You should make sure that you get the best size for yourself. 

PFD or coast guard Personal Flotation Device.

Make sure you select one that fits you appropriately.

Bilge Pump 

It would be horrible if you get stranded on the way. It would be best if you pumped something which is not available. 

Spray Skirt

Make sure you get calm days. You could go optional on warm too. 

You should wear the necessary clothes. Let me give a breakdown of the types of clothes you should wear.

List of essential clothes to wear 

Shorts or swimwear 

Make sure they are not binding and not made of cotton materials.

Neoprene footwear 

Don’t wear any other type. I beg of you. 

Sun shielding hat.

The sun is not going to be funny. Don’t joke with your hats. 

Lightweight jacket or a fleece vest 

These are dependent on the weather, though.

Rain jacket, spray jacket and some pants.

These are also dependent on the weather. 

Suppose the weather there is colder than sixty degrees Fahrenheit. You would need to get a wetsuit. 

List of personal items.

For this list. Don’t forget about your ten essentials. They include the following necessities. 

  1. Lots of water 
  2. Energy snacks. You could get lunch for you to go on very long tours.
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Lip balm 
  5. Sunscreen 
  6. Retainers for your sunglasses
  7. First aid kit
  8. Signaling whistle
  9. A watch to give yourself more than enough time to go back to shore
  10. Headlamp. In case you waste so much time going back to shore.
  11. Dry bags are for things you do not want to get wet. 

Ways to adjust your Kayak

Make sure you adjust your Kayak onshore. This would be comfortable and more stable to paddle. 

You should snug your butt quite well against your seatback. If you have a boat that lets you properly fine-tune your seat angle, you should do anything you like so you would feel better and more comfortable. For power and balance, you need to sit upright. 

It would be best if you placed your feet’ balls on your footpegs. You should also check and see if there’s any bend on your knees.

How to Kayak on your Boat 

You should make sure you have bent knees, and they are in proper contact with both cockpit sides. These would help you control your side-to-side motion, and then you would enjoy your boat as you go paddling. Your fit should be adequately snug. Don’t let it get so jammed in. If that happens, it’ll be a little bit difficult to get out of it if the boat wants to tumble. These are the reasons you should get everything in place before it is too late.