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How to kayak

Updated on June 20, 2014

Do you live near a river or the ocean?

Kayaking is one of the most enjoyable solo (or not solo) sports there is. If you live anywhere near a river or the ocean, I highly recommend buying yourself a kayak and giving this activity a try. You can even rent kayaks from many places so you can see if it's for you before you buy.

I really enjoy kayaking alone because it can be so peaceful. When you're out on a calm river in the early morning hours, you experience a calm that's nearly impossible to attain elsewhere in this rush-rush world.

How to kayak and kayaking safety

Kayaking is fun, but there are a few things you should learn before getting out there on the river and searching for whitewater. Make sure you wear a life vest that is US Coast Guard Class type III. If you don't like the vest, there is also a pullover type. If you happen to hit a rock below the surface of the water and get knocked sideways and hit your head on another rock, you'll be glad you have the life vest on. Even the best swimmers in the world can't swim when unconscious.

Some of the basics of kayaking will be explained in the videos I've included below. You will learn how to do the basic forward stroke along with other maneuvers that are essential for kayakers.

How to not capsize the kayak

How to wet exit out of a kayak

How to eskimo roll with a kayak

Now you're a kayak expert, right?

Alright, so there is still a lot to learn about kayaking. I suggest you read up on the subject and as always the best way to learn is to give it a shot yourself. With enough practice, in no time you'll be pulling off expert stunts like in the kayaking video below:

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