Posted by: azmark on Mar-30-14 1:27 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Someone suggested I try kayaking as a fun activity. I know basically nothing. What advice can you give me to try it out? There is a lake not far from here that rents kayaks so I'll try that out first before I spend any money. In the meantime I want to learn about kayaks, gear, how-to stuff, etc.
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can you swim?|
Posted by: magooch on Mar-30-14 2:20 PM (EST)
It might not be an absolute requisite, but it's a good start. An easy first step might be to watch some of the videos on this and other sites.
share where you're located|
Posted by: abz on Mar-30-14 5:20 PM (EST)
many of us have multiple kayaks and don't mind meeting someone for a first trial.
Places to read|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-30-14 5:59 PM (EST)
Start with the Gear Guide on this site - shows in the banner above each page - for a basic run-thru on types of kayaks and gear.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Mar-30-14 9:15 PM (EST)
I good easy read beginner book that should cover all you want to know (gear, strokes, terms, etc) is:
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Posted by: trout on Mar-30-14 9:54 PM (EST)
....many 1st timers think they can paddle like they have been doing it for yrs .....dont be surprised if you tire easily @ 1st ...or if U go in circles because one arm is stronger than the other...concentrate on even left/ right paddle strokes. Basic rule ..wider boats are more stable but slower .....narrow boats are faster but can be tippier, especially for new paddlers. wear your life vest , dont stick it under the deck bungee cord. good luck & have fun