Kayaks are a great way to explore the water in a new and exciting way. There is nothing quite like paddling your kayak out for an adventure! However, it can be tricky getting into the kayak if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why we’ve put together this step by step guide on how to get into a kayak so that no matter where you go, or what kind of kayaking excursion you decide to have, you’ll always be able to find success with your endeavor!
Get in a kayak from a Dock
If you’re getting into the kayak from a dock, it’s important to make sure that your kayak is not sitting too close to the edge of the water. This way there will be more space for you and your kayak. Next, start by stepping on either side of the kayak with one foot on each bow (front) and then lean forward while grabbing hold of both sides at about waist level where they meet in front so that you can pull yourself onto it. Now just take a deep breath and walk or jump onto the center seat!
Get in a Kayak with a Partner
It is easy to get in a kayak from a beach if your partner, not necessarily your boyfriend or girlfriends, is there to help you out. The key to getting in a kayak from the beach is to be prepared and have everything you need beforehand.
Here’s what you’ll want:
- A strong, experienced partner who knows what they’re doing (ensure that your life vest fits properly)
- The right equipment for both of you – like paddles, oars, PFDs
- Water shoes or sandals with good traction if needed
Before going into the water make sure that everyone has their gear on correctly; it will make things go much more smoothly once it’s time to get in. With assistance from your able bodied friend/partner, straddle one side of the kayak while they take up position next to it on. The next step is to slide your feet down the kayak and into it.
You’ll want to keep your weight over one side of the kayak until you’re ready to go. Once in, adjust yourself so that both knees are on top of the sides of the kayak while sitting comfortably before starting with using a paddle – or if you have an oar simply put it in place then bring up their hand-holds for support. The final step is to head off!
Get in a Kayak from Without Partner
Getting in a kayak when you don’t have a partner to assist you is a bit tricky. Since kayaks have a relatively shallow body, it’s important that you’ve got someone to hold the kayak for you.
To get in properly on your own:
Find a kayak and place one hand inside while both knees are resting on top of the sides. If there is an oar, put it down and use your other hand to grab onto its handle (or extensions). Once stable with good control over your balance – then start paddling or wait until you are ready with the oars before sitting down comfortably into position.
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.