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Kayaking Tips for Beginners: Everything You Need To Know About Kayaking

Kayaking Tips for Beginners: Everything You Need To Know About Kayaking

Kayaking is by far one of the best outdoor sports and one you can learn quickly. It is one of the best sports in the world that is relatively easy to learn. Learning kayaking is like learning how to cycle. You will need a few basic skills before you get into the waters.

Kayaking might seem daunting but trust me, once you get into a kayak; the experience is not daunting as most people think. This is because of the unique design of the kayak. Kayaks are usually bulky and feature an open design making it virtually impossible to capsize. Whether you’re in it for fun, fishing, and racing or simply to have time away in the waters, kayaking is great for everyone.

To get you started into kayaking, we’ve compiled some of the best tips for beginners. These tips will steer you in the right direction and make your adventure smooth. With these tips, you can be sure of gliding in the waters in no time.

Kayaking Tips for Beginners

Get a lesson

This is the number one tip that most people tend to ignore. If you’ve never been to a canoe or a kayak, then getting a lesson is a great idea. Kayaking lessons are pretty cheap, so there is no excuse not to get one. Paddling a kayak is pretty easy, but you can find yourself going in cycles for hours without proper training. You don’t want to waste a lot of time in the waters trying to steer your kayak the right direction. With basic training, you can easily master the skills and steer your kayak like a pro.

If you can’t get a lesson or trainer near you, join kayaking forums and learn a thing or two. You can also look for persons with kayak experience on your first trip. I  recommend you read this post from Cotrout to learn more about fishing kayak.

Have the right gears and wears

You need to get everything ready for the trip if you want a successful adventure. If you’re going fishing with your kayak, then come with the best fishing rod and other necessary gears. You should also dress for the waters and not the weather. Most waters are usually cold, so make sure have some warm clothing with you. This includes an extra pair of clothing in case you get wet. You don’t want to assume that you will leave the waters dry.

Getting a wetsuit is highly recommended just in case you fall in the water. You also need to carry with you kayaking gloves.

Choose the right kayak


This is another essential tip to consider before getting into the waters. There are different types of kayak designs out there suited for different waters. From tiny square foot kayaks to long narrow racing kayaks, there are different kayak choices out there. You need to make sure the kayak you choose is best suited for the waters you will be paddling. A good example is the sit-on kayak, which is relatively stable and easy to paddle. Such kayaks are best suited for beginners and work well in lakes.

Wear buoyancy aids

This is a crucial safety tip that everyone every beginner and experienced kayaks riders need to wear. Buoyancy aids are more like safety jackets but feature a unique collar design that allows for fee neck and arm movement. You can always buy one online or from the local watersport center. You never know when the waters will change. Even if you’re a great swimmer, a kayak buoyancy aid is a must-have safety clothing.

Sit properly in your kayak

You need to know how to sit in a kayak properly. This is partly why you need to take kayaking lessons before getting into the waters. It becomes easier to paddle when seated in the right way. Some kayaks even come with a comfortable backrest, but this does not mean you slouch. You need to sit straight with your back at 90 degrees.

Kayaks also come with foot pegs where you can rest your feet. Depending on the type of kayak you have, your knees should be bent outwards and upwards.

Holding the paddle the right way

This is another crucial tip that seems obvious to most people. Holding your paddle the right way is crucial for easy and safe paddling. You need to hold the paddle with two hands with the concave part facing you. It is the concave part that should be sweeping in the waters. Wrong paddling usually stems from poor positioning of the paddle. It is a common problem amongst the beginners and one you should not face if you’re reading this post.

You should also learn how to fix the paddle into the paddle holders when stopping to fish. This frees your hands so that you can use your fishing reel or other fishing accessories.

Rent before buying

You need to feel the thrill of riding a kayak before investing in one. Most of the kayaks are pretty expensive, and you don’t want to buy one that will not suit your needs. You can rent at first and get to feel the kayaking experience before buying yours. However, when renting a kayak boat, make sure you also rent all the safety gears like helmets and buoyancy aids.

Check the weather forecast

Make sure you’ve seen the weather forecast and understood what to expect. If it shows heavy rains ahead, then it is best to postpone the trip to some other day. The last thing you want to experience out there is heavy rains filling your cockpit with water. Heavy rains also tend to change the water turbulence. Give it at least a day or two for the waters to calm down for safe kayaking.

How to Choose a Kayak for Fishing

As the sport of kayak fishing grows so does the quaintly of kayaks and gear that you can get your hands on. and for the more advance angler you want the best you can get  here are a few of our personal favorites out there at the moment.

Top 5 Kayaks for fishing

FeelFree Lure 11.5 Kayak

Feelfree Kayaks is taking kayak fishing to a new level in comfort, stability and versatility with the new and improved 2014 Lure. The Lure 11.5 is the larger version of the Lure 10 design for longer and more demanding trips on rivers and open water.

With the new Feelfree gravity seat you have maximum comfort and an easy adjustable seat for added height this beast is perfect for any fishing trip.

  • Length: 11’6
  • Width: 36”
  • Weight only 74 lbs
  • Includes new Gravity seat
  • Standing leash
  • fishing rod holders

Hobie Pro Angler 14  Papaya

This is the quintessential kayak for fishing. With its standing friendly super stable hull it allows you to have the confidence to fish any style or water you like.

And with the Mirage-drive with glide technology it has  never been easier to get to those great fishing spots add in the comfort of the Vantage ST seat and the tackle management system and you have the ultimate fishing kayak.

  •  Mirage-drive with glide technology
  • Tackle management system
  • Vantage ST seating
  • Front hatch with removable liner

Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak Ivory Dune

This kayak is built with comfort in mind and it has the stability to give you the confidence to fish on any waters. With its Modules-in rod holder twist and stow rudder it is a piratical and reliable kayak.

And with the Mirage-drive with glide technology to propel you forward you are ready for your next fishing kayak adventure.

  • Mirage-drive with glide technology
  • Vantage CT seating
  • Large Bow hatch
  • Sail mount
  • Twist and stow rudder

Hobie Mirage Outfitter Tandem Kayak

This tandem kayak is high performance and ultra reliable add on top comfortable and jam packed with particle features and you have the only way to fish with a friend. with the Mirage-drive with glide technology for both crew you will have no trouble in powering threw the water.

  • Mirage-drive with glide technology
  • Vantage CT seating
  • Twist and stow rudder
  • Three 8″ twist and seal hatches
  • Finger tip rudder control

Riot Kayaks MK II Tandem Kayak, Yellow/White, 15-Feet

The Seaward MKII Tandem is a highly agile high performance kayak. this vessel is great at sea and on lake and agile enough to make traversing rivers and marshland seem easy.

With a large rear cockpit witch doubles as a great storage area for everything you need while fishing this is a truly great kayak for two.

  •  Can also be paddled solo by sliding the seat forward
  • Plenty of storage for gear
  • Weighs only 60 pounds


These are the basic kayaking tips to make your adventure safe and successful. You don’t want to take anything for granted when going kayaking. The leading cause of most kayak accidents is human error. Make sure you plan early and have everything you need to read before the D-Day. Kayaking is one of the best sports activities in the world and one you don’t want to miss.