Kayaking is one of those activities that lots of people want to try out, but decline to as they may think that is too difficult or costly to get involved in.
However, these days it is pretty easy to get into kayaking as a pastime. And as for the difficulty – sure it is a physical pursuit, but with a little practise, it is quite easy to steer your kayak through the water – you will be gliding through crystal clear waters in no time!
Surely it’s Costly Though?
Nobody is saying that you simply must rush out and purchase a kayak and all the associated safety equipment, trailers for your car to transport the vessel or racks for your car’s roof.
In fact, all you need to have a great day out on the water can be hired out, pretty inexpensively, for as long as you would need. Many companies offer these services these days, so it is well worth having a little online research before you head out, and in order to get the best deal.
Is it Dangerous?
There is always a slight element of danger when it comes to outdoor pursuits, and this is no different. However, often times, you will have an instructor with you, keeping an eye on everyone’s safety and to ensure that you do not get into trouble.
This, coupled with the safety gear you will have to wear (such as helmets and flotation jackets), will ensure that you and your group will be as safe kayaking as is possible.
Is it hard to learn?
The answer to this question is – not really! Your instructor will give you a brief oversight as to how to navigate through the waters using your paddle.
Once you have gotten a handle on things, you may even find the whole experience to be quite relaxing (depending on the course of water you are on naturally!).
Your instructor will not allow you to get out of your depth (pun unintended!, and will guide you based on your level of experience, so you will not be sent into harder areas to navigate if you are an amateur for example.
Do I Need to Buy Anything?
Another thing that puts people off is the assumption that they must first own their own wet gear or safety equipment to head out on a kayaking expedition.
Truth is, the vast majority of suppliers of kayaking services will have this equipment for you, as part of the hiring package (and if they don’t, they may be well worth giving a wide berth, in honesty).
So there we have it – many of the myths about kayaking have been dispelled. There is nothing to stop you and your group getting out into the great outdoors, in a pursuit that is equally exhilarating and healthy.
There is nothing quite as thrilling as getting a handle on your kayak, and taking off through the water!