What do you need to use a kayak?

Do you need a Licence to use a kayak on a river?

Canoeists, kayakers and paddleboarders require a licence to paddle on EA waterways. … Most London clubs hold a British Canoeing licence which will cover their club boats, and many paddlers hold personal British Canoeing membership (£45 in 2020).

What do you need to kayak safely?

Most importantly, WEAR YOUR PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE. Coast Guard regulations require that all kayaks have a lifejacket on board. Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water. There are great PFDs designed specifically for paddlers.

Can you get insurance on a kayak?

Yes. Although most inboard and outboard watercraft is excluded from a standard homeowner’s policy, coverages against property loss of canoes, kayaks, and sailboats (26 feet or under) are covered. … Your homeowner’s coverage will even cover losses to the kayak of a friend who the insured borrows.

Which side of the river should you paddle on?

In general, if you are in an eddy, the upstream paddler has the right of way. Anytime you are out of your canoe, for example, when you are scouting for a lunch break, position your boat so it is ready for a quick get-in, in case you need to catch gear or rescue a fellow paddler.

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Is it safe to go kayaking alone?

You can paddle alone, but you should make sure people know where you are going. Paddling alone is riskier, and even the most experienced paddlers can run into trouble sometimes. After taking your paddler’s safety course, you might be tempted to think you can handle everything—and maybe you are right.

Is it hard to kayak?

Kayaking can be as easy or challenging as you want, depending on your choice of on-the-water environments. You can learn the basic skills for kayaking in protected waters in just a few hours. It’s best to take a class with a qualified instructor, to get started quickly and safely.