Kayaking is an increasingly popular, fun, and exciting outdoor activity. If the sound of raging whitewater sends
chills up your spine, or the thought of surfing 5-foot breakers thrills you, then kayaking may be your sport.
Take things slowly at first. Learn safe paddling, get training for all the various scenarios that can happen, and
develop the skills that will allow you to tackle increasingly challenging waters.
If you are not both physically and mentally prepared for the experience, whitewater kayaking can be very
hazardous! The smart whitewater kayaker practices, prepares, and gets the right equipment before confronting
Beginners can quickly get the hang of sea kayaking under proper guidance and in calm seas—but it
does require a considerable amount of skill for navigating in high seas and inclement weather.
A sea kayak is a wonderfully nimble craft that can take you places no other boat can venture. Day touring
models are perfect for the weekend excursions. Larger models allow you to pack supplies for multiday trips
and extended voyages.
No matter what your skill and experience level, there are always new tips and tricks to learn, and new places
to paddle to.
Choosing a kayak
If you plan to spend most of your time on the ocean or lakes, you may prefer a sea or "touring" kayak. If you
are planning to explore the whitewater of plunging rapids, a whitewater or "slalom" kayak will be the one. Or,
choose a sit on top model for fishing, or for greater stability with no cockpit to confine you.