If you’re looking for family fun this summer, you need not look any further than the nearest body of water. Kayaking has taken the country by storm and opened doors to outdoor fun that have never been open before. Kayaking is a safe, fun, outdoor activity the entire family can participate in with little risk or investment. And, best of all, anyone can kayak.
There are many types and styles of kayaks and kayaking, so the first logical step is to call a kayak outfitter and tell them what you’re interested in doing. You can ask questions and gather any information you are seeking; but it’s the questions the outfitter will ask you that are most important. Where are you planning on kayaking? What kind of experience do you have? What are the ages and/or sizes of the youngest and oldest paddlers in the group? And the list goes on, depending on the part of the country you are in.
With no previous kayaking experience, your options will initially be limited to recreational kayaking or taking lessons from an instructor if you wish to jump into the more intense forms of kayaking – whitewater, surf and sea kayaking. While recreational kayaking isn’t much riskier than a day at the beach, whitewater and sea kayaking involve bigger water, swifter currents and other hazards which will likely require instruction before you can safely negotiating them on your own. But even the more adventurous forms of kayaking are only a few lessons away from the average person in relatively decent health.
For a great family outing, find an outfitter that does flat water kayaking and sign-up for a guided kayak tour. A guided kayak tour on flat water is an excellent introduction to kayaking. The trip should start with just enough instruction to get you started and make kayaking an easy and fun experience for any beginner. Along the way, you’re likely to learn much more about kayaking and your guide should be happy to answer your questions and offer additional instruction to anyone who seems interested. This kind of introduction to kayaking gives you a guaranteed great experience and enough instruction to get you started on your own.
After taking an entry-level kayak trip (which should cost between $45.00 and $85.00 per person depending on the location and length of the trip), you are well on your way to becoming a kayaker. The experience you gain the first time out will give you all the confidence you need to do it again and again whenever the opportunity arises. Additionally, what you learn on that first trip will probably be enough to get you by should you have an opportunity to rent, borrow or even purchase an entry-level recreational kayak and head out on your own.
You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to get in a kayak and start paddling. The cost of entry makes kayaking one of the more affordable ways to get out on the water and do something exciting with a friend, with the family or even a very large group. The fun begins immediately and it will never stop as long as you keep kayaking. Regardless of where you live, how old you are or how much time and money you have, kayaking has something to offer you – and the entire family.