Kayaking for Beginners: Common Myths and Misconceptions Dispelled
Kayaking looks complicated to the casual observer while misconceptions and myths put many people off from trying out the sport. You may be missing out on your greatest adventure to date by holding on to myths that are either outdated or don't have any factual basis. This article will look at some of the myths that you have likely heard and seek to dispel them accordingly to get you on the kayak bandwagon.
You Need a Big Strong Swimmer to Kayak
It is critical not to downplay the importance of being a good swimmer when taking part in any water sport.
We recommend that you know swimming basics, but you don't have to be a strong swimmer to go kayaking. In fact, you don't need to know how to swim at all. Simply wear a working floatation device at all times while in the water. Choose a kayak with a bulkhead as this kind cannot sink. In the unfortunate event that you encounter a problem, your safest bet is to try to get back on your device or to at least hold on to it while you wait for help.
Kayaks are Difficult to Maneuver
Design technicalities aside, your average kayak is specifically made for covering long distances with the least amount of energy possible. The sleek shape and sitting position ensure that waves, the wind, and water have little effect on your speed and maneuverability especially compared to other water crafts. You can get the hang of the watercraft in just a few hours and able to move at a decent speed in a day or two of practice.
Kayaks are not Good for Fishing
Traditionally, kayaks are designed for hunting, or more precisely, fishing. The kayak has been around for thousands of years and has gradually morphed into what we recognize today. Unfortunately, old model kayaks are not good for stability and efficiency. Designers had to choose one over another, usually favoring efficiency, meaning that only the best-skilled user was able to fish from one.
This dynamic has changed dramatically with innovations in design and technology. There is a whole industry of kayaks built specifically for fishing. If kayaking sounds like a fun activity that you would like to explore, and you like fishing, there are plenty of options on the market that cater to both.
I can only Kayak When the Weather is Nice
This myth is often propagated and is not necessarily true. It would be nice to be out in the water when the weather is sunny, but this isn't always possible. You can buy special protective gear and clothing for kayaking in cold weather. A spray skirt is a material that attaches to your kayak and covers you from your armpits to your feet.
You can also wear a light wind and waterproof jacket, wide-brimmed hat and neoprene gloves to protect you from the elements. This protection allows you to kayak in all weather conditions including in icy water depending on your sense of adventure. It is however still necessary to exercise good judgment about the kind of weather you want to kayak in.
l Might Drown if My Kayaks Tips Over
It is exceedingly rare even for a beginner to drown from a kayak tipping over. This answer is a two-fold. First, you must choose the appropriate kayak for your skill level. There are models, such as the double kayak, that are designed to be very stable and hardly tip. Generally speaking, also, most people tend to fall out of their kayaks the moment they tip over. Some models, such as the river kayak, are designed to fit snugly to the rider. It is necessary to learn how to exit the kayak before getting on the water safely.