Kayaks For Beginners - Sports

Kayaks For Beginners   by Darren Pace

in Sports    (submitted 2011-03-16)

Buying kayaks for beginners is the perfect way to get your feet wet without having to spend an arm and a leg on a professional kayak. Even inflatable kayaks are a great way to get started. Whether you plan to use your new kayak on a river, a lake or in the ocean, all you need are a few good tips and tricks to make sure the experience is a positive, enjoyable, and educational one.

Go Rafting With a Guide First

A great way to get a feel for kayaking and the way things work on the water is to book a whitewater rafting trip with a tour guide. This will get your feet wet enough to know what to expect when you are on your own and because the river is much more violent than your average kayaking trip, you will feel more comfortable on your own in calmer waters.

Choosing From Kayaks for Beginners

Not all kayaks are created equally so it's important to choose the right one in order to make the experience a lasting one. Whether you want to choose from inflatable kayaks or steadier options, there are just a couple of things to keep in mind. First of all you should definitely sit in the kayak yourself before purchasing it in order to make sure it's a comfortable fit.

Chances are you'll be spending hours in the seat of your new kayak so you need a kayak that conforms to you well. Secondly, you want to choose a kayak that keeps your legs comfortable while sitting in it. Again, you'll be spending a lot of time in it so you will want to make sure things like cramps and muscle knots are kept at bay.


Before heading out to the open waters on your own, it's always a good idea to stretch the legs and back. Otherwise you might find yourself in pain during our after the kayaking trip which could hold you back from engaging in more kayaking expeditions. A simple calve stretch and back twist should do the trick. Taking as little as two minutes before and after kayaking to stretch, is the best way to keep the body healthy and happy.

Don't Go Out Alone

The first few times you go kayaking, it's important not to go out on your own. Armed with your personal flotation device and a friend or two, you can learn the tricks of the trade safely and easily. It's also a good idea to bring along a cell phone inside of a waterproof case so that you can reach help if it's needed.

Investing in kayaks for beginners is a great way to get exercise and to learn new skills. The sport can also be a family affair, getting everyone involved and connecting with each other. Whether its inflatable kayaks or sturdier versions, you don't have to worry about purchasing the most expensive in order to get quality products that you can use for years to come.