Kayaking is a fun and popular paddle activity that is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. The basic notion of the sport is to move your boat forward with a double-ended paddle, and because the foundations are so simple, it’s appropriate for everyone, whether they’re eighteen or sixty-five years old.
Kayaking is a sport that gets challenging with each paddle stroke. It can be difficult for first-timers to know where to begin. Read on for a beginner’s guide on how to get into kayaking in the UK.
What is Kayaking?
Kayaking is a relatively simple activity. You start by getting a kayak, a tiny, narrowboat with one or two cockpits and a closed deck – and then climbing in, getting on the water, and paddling with a double-bladed paddle. You move through the water with every stroke of the paddle.
Benefits of Kayaking
- It is a full-body workout
It will help to train your arms, and kayaking works all of your major muscle groups while also getting your heart pounding, making it a much more impactful workout than going to the gym.
- Increases mental wellbeing
Being in the presence of nature and breathing fresh air is always beneficial, but the act of paddling is also quite soothing, making it an excellent sport for de-stressing and calming the mind.
Once you’ve mastered paddling, there are a plethora of alternatives available to you, whether you want to paddle along your local river or take your kayak into the surf or rapids.
- Social wellbeing
Kayaking is a terrific sport to do with a group, whether it’s joining a club and meeting new people while paddling, or taking your family and friends out for kayaking.
Get started with kayaking
It’s a good idea to look for an introduction course if you’re absolutely new to paddlesports. They will be able to teach you the fundamentals in a safe setting with qualified trainers.
Tips for beginners
- Whenever you attempt kayaking for the first time, you should be able to swim at least 50 metres.
- Don’t go out alone; find a companion, and always inform someone ashore if you’re going out kayaking.
- Return to a familiar location and be aware of any potential risks, such as rocks or active shipping channels.
- On the water, always wear a buoyancy aid since you will need to stay afloat if you become detached from your kayak.
In the mood for an adventure? Whether you want to take a stroll down your local canal or want to try your hand at whitewater rafting, you can accomplish everything in a kayak with a little practice. In all paddle sports, you can challenge yourself to improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility. White-water descents are an excellent way to push yourself even further.
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