Kayaking is one of the most popular outdoor activities for families, with good reason. Kayaks can be subdivided into two main types: hard-shell and inflatable, both of which have pros and cons. Hard-shell kayaks are very durable but they are difficult to transport; on the other hand inflatables are cheaper, more portable, easier to handle and offer a full range of colors. The article will also provide some tips that you should keep in mind while planning your perfect family kayak trip!
Create a Bond
Kayak trips are great for bonding with family members, especially if you will be doing it on your own. You can plan a weekend getaway or even go out after work – this activity is perfect to do as the sunsets and stars come out!
Choose Kayak Type
Choose between hard shell kayaks (more durable but difficult to transport) or inflatables (cheaper, more portable, easier to handle). There are many different types of inflatable kayaks that range in material from vinyl sails to nylon fabric coverings. For those who have never paddled before it’s important to remember not only how high their seat should be above water level but also where they need to position their feet relative so that the paddle has the most power.
Kayaking is also a good way to get some exercise while exploring new areas that you might not have been before. Kayaks are easy and fun for all ages, so make it an adventure with your family!
Be sure to wear sunscreen when doing outdoor activities like kayaking and don’t forget about bug repellent if there will be bugs around!
Basic Paddling Etiquette
Remember basic paddling etiquette: stay close together in case of emergency, watch out for other people on water vessels or ice chunks, keep noise levels low (kayaks can be very loud). It’s important to share responsibilities such as steering, navigating currents/winds, signaling danger. Always carry safety equipment such as first aid kits & life jackets.
Wear Safety Gears
Kayaking can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with risks that you should always keep in mind! Always remember to wear all the safety gear and carry all necessary supplies just in case something were to happen. Kayaking is often done on rivers or lakes so make sure water levels are low before going out onto any body of water because kayaks will not handle high waters well at all.
Check Water Level
Kayaking is often done on rivers or lakes so make sure water levels are low before going out onto any body of water because kayaks will not handle high waters well at all. Always remember to wear all the safety gear and carry all necessary supplies just in case something were to happen. Kayaking is often done on rivers or lakes, so do your research first and go with someone who has experience if this will be your first time trying it out for yourself. This way you can enjoy every minute of the fun from start to finish instead of worrying constantly about what could go wrong!
Bring Snacks with You
If there’s one thing we learned while kayaking, it’s that you should always have a good balance of snacks and drinks on hand.
If there’s one thing we learned while researching this post, it’s that even though kayaking seems like an easy activity for anyone, there are a lot more concerns when doing it as part of your family vacation together than some might think. With these tips and tricks for how to plan the perfect family kayak trip, you’ll be able to have an enjoyable time as a family without worrying about anything!
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.