I just started kayaking and have devoured all the knowledge I can find on here and I'm gonna meet up with a bunch of y'alls at some point in OCT for some paddling in Missouri. WHat should I do between now and then? I kayak 7.6 miles to and from my town to my house. It's some river and some open lake. I'm picking up reading water and some technique, this is the little Rec kayak that I got for 25 dollars from a neighbor whose kid never used it. http://www.sundolphinboats.com/oz/4/com/kay/aruba10/aruba10.html
If y'alls have any common advice or thoughts on something that you'd wished you'd known starting out give me a holler please.
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If you don't have a drain plug on ....|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-06-13 6:26 AM (EST)
Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-06-13 12:17 PM (EST)
Jack I've got a drain plug and I filled it with water in the pond in my front yard just to see how bad it'd be and was more then I was expecting.
Starting Out , PDF info|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-06-13 12:43 PM (EST)
I played around in small boats for half my life before I discovered what a "good" PFD is like. During all that time my swimming skills were terrible, yet I never wore a PFD. Since then I've become quite a good swimmer but I wear a PFD for the slightest excuse. It's partly because I know a lot more about recognizing and assessing risk, but it's also because a good PFD is comfortable to wear.
Been Drilled into |
Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-06-13 10:11 PM (EST)
my head that I have to have a PFD I'm a class 3 swimmer in the military but I've been trained by my dad and father in law to always have one.
In the beginning it's 90% boat and 10%|
Posted by: suntan on Aug-06-13 4:51 PM (EST)
paddler but after a couple of years its 90% paddler and 10% boat.
that's pretty good|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-06-13 5:24 PM (EST)
I'll have to make sure to remember that.|
Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-06-13 10:14 PM (EST)
Posted by: bartc on Aug-06-13 5:25 PM (EST)
Get float bags if you don't have bulkheads. This will enable you to keep the boat from sinking or totally filling with water if you capsize or get swamped for any reason. This is critical!
Started you're list/|
Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-06-13 10:23 PM (EST)
I've already got a great PFD from other water based adventures. I'll look into Float Bags I didn't even know of that. I'll have to get some do I just need front and rear? I'm not sure if there is even anywhere around me that offers lessons I'll have to look but I've got a good feeling that I'm not going to find and If it ever becomes something besides fun I'll just go back to doing it alone in my local lake.
Posted by: kvw1988 on Aug-07-13 12:22 AM (EST)
I have a boat similar to yours and float bags are a must, check online for them, I bought mine for about $20. The one for the bow is specifically for rec boats the size just depends on the length of your boat.
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Aug-07-13 1:50 AM (EST)
I paddled for over a year without a lesson. I read, I watched all the videos here on p-net. I paddled about a hundred miles and they didn't offer lessons here anyway. Had a lot of fun then finally one spring a couple came from a few hundred miles away to teach a few lessons during a boating festival. If I could have any do overs I wish I had taken the basic paddling and basic rescue classes sooner.
Posted by: remeny on Aug-07-13 2:25 AM (EST)
One of the most important things I have learned is what is good for the coast of California is not the same as the ferry channels of long island sound. Find local folks who know the local water.
Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-08-13 10:44 PM (EST)
I've figured this one out as quick as I could.
use your resources,|
Posted by: tdaniel on Aug-07-13 7:44 AM (EST)
this website is a good start, a simple google search of "Missouri paddlers" brought up a lot of good info when I tried it- guidebooks, shuttle info, paddling groups. If your wanting to venture onto moving water, rivers and such, I think a beginners class from the whitewater group in Missouri could be beneficial. If you can hook into a network of local paddlers you'll have an easier time with shuttles, safety, instruction, and logistics. You need some local paddling buddies, close by that you can get out with for shorter paddles during the week.
I've been looking around|
Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-08-13 10:59 PM (EST)
I can't find any locals on Truman lake and have been looking it looks like I might have to go out to Springfield and I've got to make it out to the south east where it looks like everyone paddles around here, I'm taking the kayak out to Lake of the Ozarks this weekend.
SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE HOOKED, AND...|
Posted by: scupperfrank on Aug-08-13 11:10 PM (EST)
...you've got some water experience and are following pretty good procedures and acquiring good tips, and, perhaps, techniques.