Your question: What do I need for first time kayaking?

What should you not do while kayaking?

Beware of off-shore winds that make it difficult to return to shore. Always follow the boating rules of the area you’re in. Never mix alcohol or drugs (prescription or non-prescription) with boating. Never exceed the weight capacity of your boat and always check your equipment for wear and tear before you paddle.

Who gets in a kayak first?

So, let’s just get one thing straight: Always go for the paddler first. You should rescue kayaks and other equipment, but only if you can do it safely.

Is it safe to kayak 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.

Do I need gloves for kayaking?

Kayak gloves are essential for kayakers who want to protect their hands from the rigors of the sport. The extra layer will extend the pleasure of kayaking adventures while preventing calluses and blisters. Kayak gloves also provide a better grip for holding on to the paddle when it is wet.

Do I need lessons to kayak?

Kayaking doesn’t necessarily require special training. Many amateur kayakers develop their skills on their own, and you may only need a short safety lesson if you plan to stay on calm bodies of water.

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