Summertime Kayak Tips for Beginners
At this time of year, there’s nothing better than taking to the Great Outdoors. Not only is it beautiful but it’s also a wonderful way to engage in healthy activity. Looking for something new to try? Kayaking might be right up your alley!
Kayaking gives you a chance to glide along the water and immerse yourself in nature. Anyone can enjoy this sport, though it’s important to know how to swim first before you pick up a paddle. Spending some time with a guide that can show you how to maneuver the paddle and kayak will help you prevent injuries.
In fact, the biggest mistake beginners make is holding the paddle incorrectly. The blade of the paddle is the concave side and should always face towards you. You engage in a slicing motion and hold your form so you put more power into that paddle without tiring yourself out.
After the guide gives you the basics, there are a few things all beginners should know before they hit the water and get ready to glide.
– Sit properly
Don’t slouch when you sit and keep an upright position. This will prevent injury to your back and shoulders.
– Center your paddle
You should be holding the paddle in its center so your elbows are each at a 90-degree angle. Each hand should be properly spaced from one another.
– Choose water wisely
As a beginning kayaker, a small lake or pond with calm waters is the best choice. You can work your way up to more challenging waters later. You should also be able to see the opposite shoreline. Also, look for water that doesn’t get much powerboat traffic to keep waves to a minimum.
– Make sure others are around
Kayaking is more fun with a buddy, but even if you’ve decided to check this sport off your bucket list, launch where others can see you. This way if you need help, there will be someone there.
– Keep it brief
Your first few kayaking experiences should be short and simple. That lets you get used to using the paddle and maneuvering the kayak. Additionally, kayaking is more strenuous than it looks. You don’t want to get too fatigued and realize you don’t have the strength to paddle back.
– Warm up your muscles
Kayaking really works your muscles and is great exercise. Prevent injury by doing a brief warm-up before you head out on the water.
One last bit of advice before you hit the water…call In Your Home Therapy! You can get massage and physiotherapy before and after your kayaking experience right in your home. This will help soothe sore muscles and keep them ready to go when you’re ready to paddle on through your summer.