Get that adrenaline rush
Jumping into any new sport or hobby can be not only daunting but downright confusing. If you’ve never rowed or paddled before, your first time nestled within the bowels of a kayak may leave you feeling like a fish out of water.
Jumping into any new sport or hobby can be not only daunting but downright confusing. If you've never rowed or paddled before, your first time nestled within the bowels of a kayak may leave you feeling like a fish out of water.
Before you set off
Dress for the water, not the weather
Regardless of whether it's a cold near-winter morning or a hot mid-summer afternoon, dress for the water. For example, if you'd normally wear a wetsuit in those waters, wear one kayaking. If it's more board shorts appropriate water, a well-fitting swimsuit will suffice.
Invest in waterproof storage cases
There's nothing that can ruin your kayaking adventure more than coming back to find your expensive smartphone is now water damaged. While press-and-seal storage container will work just fine for your food and wallet, we'd recommend investing in something more sturdy to store your electronics and clothing.
Rent if you can
Get a feel for kayaking first before investing in any equipment, if you can. Kayak renting services have become more and more popular in the past decade. Be sure you also rent helmets and life vests in addition to the kayak and paddles.
Know river language
There's actually a series of hand signals and gestures that help kayakers communicate with each other. After all, rapids can be quite noisy and distracting. If you're kayaking in a group, it may be helpful to brush up on these simple signals.
- The Adventure Junkies