Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experience introducing kids to kayaking. I have a W.S. Pungo 12 I'm going to try her in this summer. Appreciate any experienced suggestions, no guessing, I'll do that. Thanx.
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Maybe a Yost Sea Flea, if...|
Posted by: edzep on Mar-17-13 7:04 PM (EST)
Kid's wave kayak|
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-17-13 7:14 PM (EST)
You can find out more in my blog here?
Perception Acadia Scout|
Posted by: abz on Mar-17-13 9:32 PM (EST)
is a nice, light plastic kids kayak. check Craigs list. I bought ours new for $300. It is very narrow so ideal for smaller paddlers. The weight limit is about 120 lbs.
Big Problem - with wide kayaks|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-18-13 2:13 AM (EST)
And WS Tsunami SP|
Posted by: edzep on Mar-18-13 8:12 AM (EST)
If youth is 60-120 lbs.
Posted by: angstrom on Mar-18-13 10:38 AM (EST)
Posted by: bilnik on Mar-18-13 11:06 AM (EST)
I wish I had the shop to build a couple Sea Fleas.
Episea, CD Raven|
Posted by: NateHanson on Mar-18-13 1:46 PM (EST)
There is a kids sea kayak called "EpiSea", that you might find. It's an easy-to-paddle kid-specific boat, with a stern hatch. It's not a great choice if you want to teach the kid to roll, or do braces, but it's much better than the recreational kids boats, like the Scout, IMO.
Don't forget the tow rope|
Posted by: underhills on Mar-18-13 3:39 PM (EST)
My daughter was 7 when she got her Acadia Scout and loves it. I made a GP paddle for her since she will out grow it every 18 months or so. One important thing is to buy a tow rope. Kids get tired easily and a tow rope is a great way to continue the trip. On vacations my daughter just goes out and plays in the boat (with supervision) and has taught herself a rescue or two without even knowing it. I would also look at a wetsuit to extend the season or if you paddle anywhere in the north. We've bought ours off eBay very cheap. NRS also makes some great inexpensive paddling clothes for kids, that make great presents and they feel like a real paddler/adventurer, which they are compared to most kids. Have fun with it, my wife is the only person I would rather paddle with than my daughter. It is a new adventure for her every time we go out. Of course now she wants to learn to surf a kayak and she is 8 1/2 years old.
Make Sure Child Can Swim A Mile|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Mar-18-13 4:46 PM (EST)
With or without a pfd. Kids learn faster if they have companions their own age or a little older. It really doesn't matter about the type of kayak, for as long as it floats, kids will improvise. So get a variety of crafts, and paddles and let the kids have at it. Facilitate, but don't get in their way.
Posted by: capphuff on Mar-18-13 7:23 PM (EST)
My daughter has the acadia scout and a bending branches splash paddle...she is 12 and 60 pounds. She loves to go out and paddle. When she is tired and having a hard time keeping up, I tow her. She is ready to use my Eddyline Samba this year...keeps telling me to get a new boat so she can have mine...
Perception Prodigy XS|
Posted by: Big_Dave on Mar-18-13 7:49 PM (EST)
The Acadia Scout has been discontinued. The same hull has been upgraded with more outfitting and is now called the Prodigy XS. Same great kid-sized boat just with a few extras included for the same price as the Acadia. Just picked one up this weekend for my 6 year old granddaughter. 23 inches wide and only 26 lbs. ( the boat, not the granddaughter).
That's the one|
Posted by: LeeG on Mar-18-13 8:19 PM (EST)
Name has changed
Ocean Kayak Poco Best Kid's Kayak|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Mar-21-13 3:45 PM (EST)
We started out with Ocean Kayak's Zuma 2, then progressed to the Scupper Classic, which was way too big for a child. But mom knows best and brought home the Poco, whic was the perfect child size kayak that was narrow and fast.
Posted by: angstrom on Mar-21-13 4:51 PM (EST)
Pygmy Osprey 13|
Posted by: rival51 on Mar-21-13 7:23 PM (EST)
My daughter has just turned 8 when we started building one. She loved it until she out grew it. it's stable, light & quick. the hull design makes it fairly easy for a small person to get the paddle in the water properly. They are pretty easy to build as well. Emma's is looking for a new home as none of us fit it now.