First-time kayaking? Look for recreational rentals – they are not only great for novices, but beginners will appreciate their stability with a wider design until they’ve gained experience. These styles are also much easier to enter/exit than the sea and touring kayaks, for those with flexibility concerns or recovering from injuries.
You can sit, kneel or stand on these boards, whatever makes you most comfortable. Once you are up on your feet, keep yourself at the centre of the board (over the handle) with knees slightly bent. Your SUP board will be steadier in the waves and wind if you keep your paddle in the water – it’s another ‘point of balance’ for you.
I have it on good authority that canoes have a front end – face the wrong way and you could get stuck paddling in circles so ask for guidance before setting off on your own. Canoeing may look easy, but if it’s your first time, try to be informed so you can enjoy your time on the water.
Bring a GPS and a paper map and know how to use them. If you are unfamiliar with the area, you could lose your way easily. Be safe when paddling solo, make sure a buddy knows where you are, your planned route and how long you’ll be gone! Check in upon your return.
Put your camera in a waterproof case or underwater housing – and test it before you go – you’ll not only protect your gear but safeguard your precious pictures too! Use wrist straps and/or easily visible floaters. Invest in waterproof SD cards to protect them from condensation.
Invest in one, or a few good dry bags for transporting goods you want to keep, you know, dry. It’s easy to say you won’t tip your canoe, flip your SUP or believe the kayak cargo space is latched properly, but what if it isn’t? Be prepared, no regrets.