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10 Tips for Beginners to get Started with Kayaking

10 Tips for Beginners to get Started with Kayaking

The quote "no kayaking is too much kayaking" is perfectly suitable for all kayaking lovers. 

Once you get into this water sport, there is no turning back. As the more you do it, the more you want it.

Kayaking amid the beautiful waters of Dubai is no less than living a dream full of adventures. Though, this dream can turn into a nightmare if you get into this water sport without knowing about it.

Therefore, planning and knowing about this water sport is essential, especially if you are a beginner. To stay safe so that everything goes smoothly, there are some kayaking tips for beginners. These tips will help you get the most out of your kayaking adventure.

So for your help, we have combined the best kayaking tips for beginners. These tips will help you get the most out of your kayaking adventure. 

Get on reading!

Get a kayaking lesson

How important is it for a beginner to get a kayaking lesson?

Most beginners think that they don't need a kayaking lesson.

However, taking proper kayaking lessons can go a long way in giving you the best kayaking experience. Without prior kayaking lessons, you may get into trouble on the water. This may not only waste your time but can also ruin your kayaking experience.

Additionally, kayaking lessons help you learn vital skills like how to paddle with correct technique, respond to hostile situations, and minimize exhaustion on the water. Hence, you should find a good coaching center and get the proper kayaking lesson.

Dress for the water, not for the weather

What do I wear on a kayaking jaunt? The answer is, it depends. 

Choosing suitable clothing is a fruitful kayaking tip for beginners. Comfort and safety are the key components while buying the best kayaking clothes

A general kayaking rule says you should dress for the water, not for the weather. But why should you dress for the water but not for the weather?

Water temperature can go up and down, irrespective of the weather conditions. On a hot sunny day, you may be tempted to wear shorts or tees. But the water temperature can be icy. In that case, you should carry a lifejacket or gloves. You will thank your choice later. 

Paddle in a right way

This may sound like an obvious kayaking tip, but many beginners don't exactly know how to paddle the kayak in the right way?

The ability to have the best kayaking adventure is to learn the art of paddling. First, you should know how to hold a paddle in the right way. Hold the paddle the way you hold the handlebars of your bicycle. 

Further, turn the paddle forward or backward, and then turn left or right depending on where you want to row your kayak.

Sit in a proper way

Sitting inside a kayak isn’t as simple as lowering yourself into the seat. To sit comfortably and stay balanced, you should sit correctly in the kayak.. You can also take help from the experienced kayakers before sitting in the boat for the first time.

Don’t slouch while sitting in a kayak.  Rest your feet on the footrest. Your toes should be pointed outward and heels towards the center. The best position is to sit straight with the lower back and buttock at 90 degrees to each other.

Additionally, before venturing out for kayaking, practice proper sitting posture at home.

Pack a change of clothes

Packing a change of clothes is a matter of hygiene.

It doesn't matter how careful you are, getting wet is unavoidable. You will appreciate packing a change of clothes and a towel on hand when you are done with paddling for the day. 

Additionally, packing extra clothes is suitable for personal hygiene as you can't stay in wet clothes for a long time. 

You can use your idle dry bags and pack a change of clothes for kayaking.

Get the right kayaking gear

Right kayaking gear and accessories allow you to be on the water comfortably and safely. However, you may get overwhelmed by the available choices. 

To ease your work, we at Adventure HQ have the best kayaking gear in Dubai that can match your kayak, the water conditions, the environment and weather conditions, and the duration of your adventures.

Here is a rundown on the essentials that should be part of your kayaking gear:

  • Lifejackets
  • Pants
  • Gloves
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Goggles

Don't kayak alone 

One tip that will find its place in every kayaking beginner’s guide is; don't kayak alone.

This kayaking tip is good to take into account for your safety. Team up with other kayakers when you are venturing out for your first kayaking experience. You will feel more safe surrounded by experienced kayakers. 

Always wear buoyancy aid

A buoyancy aid is essential for both beginners and experienced kayakers.

A buoyancy aid is like a life jacket as it provides more movements around the neck and arm. These aids are no less than a rescuer in case you get any trouble in the water. Buoyancy aid is a form of personal flotation device that can keep you floating on the water.

You can get these buoyancy aids from a kayaking school. However, if you are going alone, we recommend you to buy your own or rent it from a nearby water sports center. 

Pack a duct tape

While buying the best kayaking essentials,  you may forget to buy duct tape. But why should you keep duct tape on a kayaking adventure?

Trouble can occur without asking. There can be chances of cracking in a paddle shaft. Therefore, you can tape it up with duct tape. 

Found a tear? You can easily fix it with duct tape. Hence, this kayaking essential is no less than a savior. 

Choose the right kayak

If you are new to kayaking, choosing your first kayak can be a complex step.  For that, you need adequate knowledge. Moreover, while choosing the best kayak, it's important for you to consider your kayaking needs or the features you want in your kayak.  

Therefore, choosing the best kayak is important for your safety on the water. For that, you can also read our blog on how to choose the best kayak? 

There is a whole range of different kinds of kayaks available - from long narrow-racing kayaks to small kayaks.

    Kayak with Adventure HQ

    Adventure HQ is the best platform for both beginners and experienced kayakers. You can choose the best kayaks based on your kayaking needs.

    Buy the best kayaks in Dubai at Adventure HQ and head for a memorable water adventure.

    HOBIE Kayak Mirage Outback 2021 - Slate Blue

    HOBIE Kayak Mirage Outback 2021 - Slate Blue

    This one is a perfect kayak for beginners. This versatile kayak features an extra-wide standing deck for a better kayaking experience 

    Features:

    • Spacious deck and versatile hatch
    • Large carrying handle
    • Kick-up rudder to lock in place
    • Extra-large bow compartment

    AED 15,000

    HOBIE Mirage Compass 12" 2021 Kayak - Seagrass

    HOBIE Mirage Compass 12" 2021 Kayak - Seagrass

    The Mirage Compass Kayak offers amazing performance on the water. Outfitted with a breathable mesh seat, this kayak promises comfort and safety to the paddlers.

    Features:

    •  Kick-up rudder and molded-in tracking heel
    • Molded-in carrying handles
    • Twisted and seal hatch with bottle opener 

    AED 13,500

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