Unraveling The Myths About Kayaking
Kayaking is a gateway recreational activity that lets you explore the refreshing world of rivers and lakes. It takes you away from the comforts of motored boating and allows you enjoy the feel of motion as your body, and the kayak becomes one. Maybe this is one activity you look at as for the select few who can keep their balance like a ballerina dancer in water. It is not so. Kayaking is a sport to be enjoyed by anyone willing to learn. If not so easily convinced, read on to face every myth you have and be set free to get into the adventure.
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You Will Tip Over
While you might look at kayaking like biking and think if you don't have your balance you will fall over, it is not so. Kayaks are made with a low center of gravity, which means they sit low in the water. For them to tip, you would need to destabilize them significantly. It is true that some models are made narrow. They tend to be for professional kayakers who love the agility that the thin ones offer. Kayaks in the mainstream, however, are made wide and support a high level of turbulence before tipping over. The good news is that even if they do tip, they can stay afloat because they have bulkheads that keep them afloat.
You Will Get Stuck
This myth goes hand in hand with tipping over because you believe you will not be able to free yourself once you tip over. Kayaks are indeed made to fit snug around you. That, however, does not mean that they hold you hostage. A kayak has adequate leg room and enough space for you to wiggle around. You can make a clean get away from it if it tips over. You may have noticed skirts that people were while kayaking. These are easily unleashed by a simple tag that frees you from them.
Kayaking is only for the Seasoned
It you have seen kayak races, then you may very well have thought that this is a sport for the highly conditioned sportsman. They move with such agility that you do not see yourself ever doing what they are doing. While they are conditioned and well-toned, all you need is the movement of your arms while focusing on getting the push from your trunk. The major push in a kayak comes from your core muscle, and not your arms. Once you learn to use this, you do not struggle with getting your arms tired. You can be able to go exploring all day without the worry of overexerting yourself.
You Will Struggle Steering
Kayaks that are meant for touring are made short on the hull and are pretty easy to steer straight. If you are afraid of not being able to steer straight, you need not fear. As you are learning how to kayak, you will be taught the proper stroke that will get you paddling in a straight line. If you end up being paired up with a long hull vessel, it is equipped with a rudder that helps to keep it in course. But that is highly unlikely since it is a sea fairing vessel.
You Will Get Wet
If you have a cat-like mentality and do not like ever getting wet, then you can still stay safe in a kayak. While you will be in the water, there is special equipment that keeps you dry. This is the infamous spray skirt that you may have seen worn by kayakers. It is a waterproof garment which attaches to both the vessel and your torso.
It can keep the craft from getting any water into it, therefore, protecting your legs and feet as well as any supplies you may have carried at your feet. Taking along a waterproof shell and wide brimmed hat will protect you from any downpour that occurs. You are encouraged to bring this since downpours are unpredictable.
You Have to Be a Good Swimmer
You may have gotten discouraged from kayaking because you are not good at swimming. Or you may be one of the select few who cannot move an inch in water that you cannot walk in. The good news is this should not deter you from going for a kayaking adventure. This is because kayaks are built to stay afloat using the bulkheads they have. If ever you tip over then the craft becomes a place where you can cling onto until help arrives.
This is in the case that you are not able to board back onto the craft. In your introduction to this recreational activity, you will be taught a couple of ways to board the kayak when you tip over. You can clearly see swimming is not a required skill before you embark on this adventure.
You Need Time to Learn
Kayaking is not as tough as it looks when done outside the craft. All you need is a teachable spirit and a good instructor who will guide you in the simple steps you need to take before you board the vessel. Once you are inside, you will have a few tries of the stroke as your body gets used to the movement. The human body has a peculiar way of adapting fast to movement. As long as you do not over think what you are doing you will be just fine.
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It is Expensive
Lastly, you may have gotten stuck starting out because you believe it is a very expensive venture. The truth is the gear can add up pretty quickly if you are purchasing it. But the fun part of going out kayaking is doing it in a group. The beauty of it is there are adventure groups that rent out the equipment and teach kayaking as well. That means you only need a small investment for a weekend getaway. Once you begin this adventure, you might find yourself addicted to the thrill a kayak brings. There is nothing to hold you back if you desire to go for this experience.