ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kayaking Tips for Beginners

Updated on December 10, 2015

Kayaking Tips

Kayaking is one of the most popular outdoor sports practiced in North America. Kayaks are light, easy to maneuver and require almost no maintenance. The following article offers a few tips for beginner kayakers:

1. Wear suitable clothing. Kayakers are exposed to a variety of weather conditions. Dress in lightweight layers that can be added or removed as conditions change. Wear water resistant clothing when possible. Wear kayaking shoes or other wettable footwear.

2. Choose a good flotation device. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) come in a variety of types. Most kayakers will be wearing a PFD at all times, so choosing a device that is comfortable and effective is important.

3. Bring along simple navigation aids. These include a paper map, compass and optional GPS unit. Study your route and know basic navigation before leaving on your adventure.

4. Pack efficiently. Bring a light duffle bag or tote, with items pre-organized and packed in plastic bags or containers when necessary. Other types of containers that are suitable for kayaking include small buckets or tubs which can double as a bailing device, emergency paddle or for other uses.

5. Bring along a small towel. A small towel can have many uses when kayaking. Laying a towel across your lap while under way is a simple way to stay dry. A towel also provides a place to lay small items that may be needed at a moment's notice.

6. Adjust your seat, foot pedals and paddle. Taking a few moments to get comfortable with your kayak can really pay off in the long run. Paddlers can choose offset or non-offset paddles (many are adjustable). Most kayaks have adjustments for seats and pedals, which can improve efficiency while avoiding fatigue.

7. Wear sun protection. This includes hat, sunglasses, long sleeve shirt and sunblock. Don't forget to apply sunblock to the insides of legs and upper feet, both areas that are in direct sun in a kayak.

8. Keep electronics handy, but dry. Store cell phones, GPS units, cameras and other sensitive equipment in waterproof pouches or heavy duty zipper bags.

9. Take a lightweight fishing rod. Kayaking trips often include exploring some of the best fishing habitat in the world. There is usually room for a light rod and basic tackle.

10. Pace yourself. Keep track of time, position and other information. Kayaking can be thrilling and its easy to lose track of time. Remember to turn back towards home before getting too tired.

A sit in kayak
A sit in kayak

Kayaking Poll

Do you go kayaking?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • miamipaddler profile image

      Sara Roberts 

      6 years ago from Miami

      Awesome hub! There's nothing like getting on the open water in a kayak, truly exhilarating.

    • GetitScene profile image

      Dale Anderson 

      6 years ago from The High Seas

      Excellent tips. I have been an avid kayaker for many years and even use one as my dinghy for my boat. It's a wonderful pass time for people of any age and any fitness range.

    • BWD316 profile image

      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      great hub and great advice! i've been thinking a lot about kayaking lately and plan on saving up for one, hopefully by next spring! Living along long island sound i figure i have some great space to paddle in and get a great workout on top of that! voted up

    • tsmog profile image

      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great hub. I canoed when a scout in West Virginia , , ,Tom Sawyer days, We went on a 50 miler that was exhilarating. I have a friend here that is an active kayaker. But, it is ocean kayaking. She goes to Mission Bay a lot here in the San Diego area. I always see SUV's traversing the highways with kayaks on top either going or coming.

    • LindaJM profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Kayaking is popular here - I live next to the Klamath River in Northern California. However, I've never tried it. I did river rafting and found it a profoundly renewing experience.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)