Kayaking for Beginners – The Checklist

Are you a list kind of person?

Lord knows I make lists all the time, and sometimes I even use them!

In this installment of Kayaking for Beginners, we are going to work on a basic checklist to get you started.

What is a Checklist?

Now we all know what a checklist is. We make them all the time.

  • Grocery Lists
  • Chore Lists
  • To Do Lists
  • Honey Do Lists

We have all made them. This checklist is going to be geared to you and your kayak adventure. Now, depending on the adventure, this list is going to grow, shrink become a living creature, who knows.

We are going to break our list into a few categories.

  • Essentials – Items you cannot do without.
  • Safety Gear – items you shouldn’t do without
  • Navigational – items to keep you from getting too lost
  • Clothing/footwear – items to keep you from going naked
  • Personal – items to enhance your adventure

10 Essentials List

A little history here. The original 10 Essentials List was introduced by a group of outdoor adventurers called the Mountaineers back in 1974. It was published in the third edition of “Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.” While the origin of the list dates back to the 1930s, the purpose has always been to answer two basic questions.

  1. Can you respond positively to an emergency or accident?
  2. Can you effectively survive 1 or more nights outdoors?

So naturally, over the years this list has evolved with new technology, equipment, and activities. But, the basics remain the same. The Classic List resembled this: Map, Compass, Sunglasses and sunscreen, Extra clothing, Flashlight or Headlamp, First-aid supplies, Firestarter, Matches, Knife, Extra food.

In 2017, the Mountaineers released a new and improved version of their list known as: Freedom 9 Systems.

We are going to tailor our list to kayaking and primarily recreational kayaking.

Our Kayaking Checklist

Our Essentials – You cannot go kayaking without these items. Quite frankly, if you try you are going to get awfully wet and you won’t get far, LOL.

This is going to be your kayak Pre-trip list.

  1. Kayak – you obviously need your kayak.
  2. Paddle – again, we won’t get far without it. So, store with the kayak so you don’t forget it.
  3. Seat – this will only matter if it is not already attached and not stored with the kayak.

Safety Gear – You should not go out with at least some of these items. Depending on your adventure, this list is going to grow.

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  1. PFD – In my book the most important safety item.
  2. Whistle – in case you need to signal for help
  3. First-aid kit – just in case.

Check out my post “Kayaking for Beginners – Kayak Safety” for more information about safety gear.

Navigation – depending on where you are going this could be needed or not. I personally take my cell phone.

  1. GPS – Some of these have tracking systems
  2. Map – Handy if you are on an unfamiliar lake or river system.
  3. Compass – I would only worry about this if you know how to use one. I personally use landmarks to navigate, so North/South probably wouldn’t help me much.

Clothing and Footwear – dress appropriately for the climate you are in. Again, this list could become a much larger list depending on the trip you are taking.

  1. Kayaking shoes or water shoes – I recommend some kind of decent water type shoe or sandal with a fairly hard sole. I DO NOT recommend flip flops.
  2. Hat – something to keep the sun off your head. A wide brim is recommended.
  3. Quick drying pants or shorts – again weather dependent. Swimwear is okay if it’s warm enough. Take an extra set.
  4. Dry top/Jacket – even if you don’t wear long sleeves, I recommend having something in case the weather changes or you just want to protect yourself from the sun.

Again, this list will grow if you are going out for a longer period.

The Fun Stuff

The Personal Category can and will get out of control if you let it. Totally dependent on the trip. Are you going on a short day float, or a camping float or a fishing trip. It will make a difference in the personal gear you carry.

For a day trip this is my short list. Now, I consider a day trip a couple of hours close to home.

  1. Dry Bag – to carry your personal items that you want to keep dry.
  2. Sunscreen – don’t think you won’t burn out there. Remember, water is reflective.
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  4. Lip Balm
  5. Cell Phone
  6. Water Bottle/snacks – chocolate is essential, but we will put it in this category.

Okay, again, this list can grow exponentially depending on the circumstances. I also like to carry my camera and sometimes I remember my little video camera.

Obviously, if you are going fishing that is going to add a whole new category to your list. We will touch on that in a later post.

Start Checking the Boxes

This is just a starter list for you to start checking the boxes. There are certain things I would hate to forget and then there are something I can live without if I am going out close to shore and not for very long.

I hope this helps to you start your list and gets you more prepared for being out on the water.

Thank you for checking in on the next installation of Kayaking for Beginners. Share with me some of the stuff you cannot live without when you go out on the water.

Until Next Time!

Kayaking for Beginners – Kayak Safety

This is probably the first post I should have written. Safety is and should always be first.

As it is though, Welcome back for the 4th installment of Kayaking for Beginners. We are going to discuss some important things in this one, so hold on to your hats!

Safety First

Safety is vital, not only for your health and enjoyment, but for others as well.

We never go out on any kind of adventure and expect an accident to happen. Unfortunately, they do happen and they affect not only us, but the people that are closest to us and those called out to rescue us.

So, ALWAYS do your due diligence and be as prepared as you can be.

The Mistakes We Make

Everyone makes mistakes. Some are what we would conceive to be minor, while others can be real whoppers. Here are 5 common mistakes people make when going out on a kayak.

  1. Not paying attention to the Weather
  2. Not knowing what is happening with Tides and Currents
  3. Not wearing or packing proper clothing
  4. No Life preserver or PFD
  5. Mixing alcohol or drugs

When you look at this short list, you are probably thinking, who would go out and not do these things. My answer to that is all of us. Maybe not every time, or all these things at once, but I can tell you that even I have taken my PFD off on occasion and thought, I can swim if need be, or I am close enough to the shore it will be fine.

So, let’s address these common mistakes and see how we can fix them.

Always Check the Weather

Weather can change in the blink of an eye. It amazes me how many people pay so little attention to what is happening in the sky. I tend to be a bit of a weather bug, so I am always checking the weather. I live in a RV, so weather is huge for us.

Check the weather where you are going to be for the day. Check it for the whole day, not just the morning or midday when you are planning to be on the water. Depending on where you are, you may want to check the surrounding areas as well.

For instance, if you are going to be on a river and the weather is fine where you are, remember, if it pours a bunch of rain North of you and it flows into the river upstream, guess what? You may get more than you bargained for downstream.

Storms can blow up on large bodies of water quite quickly. You don’t want to get stuck in that kind of scenario. Lightening and water do not mix well. Be prepared.

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If, you are going to be out for a couple of days check into a battery operated weather radio.

We all have cell phones, no reason to not know what the weather is up to.

Tides and Currents

Even our little Lake Taneycomo here in Missouri has a current. You can check with the COE (Core of Engineers) to find out when they are releasing water from the dam. Check the USGS for river conditions where you are.

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If, you are going ocean or surf kayaking, you will certainly want to pay attention to the tides and currents. You can check these through the NOAA’s current and tide charts.

Dressing for Success

It is really important to have proper clothing.

Whether it is 90 degrees and sunny or 32 degrees and cold, proper clothing is a must. There are so many options on the market today for both occasions.

When it is hot and the sun is high, you are going to want something that breathes and dries fast. You can even get long sleeve shirts now that will help protect you from the UV rays. A hat is a good idea as well. I like to pack extra in my dry bag just in case.

Cold weather kayaking would require warmer clothing, obviously. You might want to consider a wet or dry suit. Hypothermia would be a real problem if you got wet in colder weather.

Running whitewater in a kayak will require a helmet in most cases and I would recommend one even it they didn’t. Rocks and noggins don’t make a great combination. Just make sure it is the proper helmet for the task.

Common Sense

Common sense tells us that a PFD or life jacket is one of the most important if not the most important piece of safety gear needed. You know that the US Coast Guard reported in 2018 that 77 percent of boating fatalities were from drowning and that 84 percent of those were not wearing a PFD.

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Photo By Denise Hunter

Find a proper fitting PFD and wear it!

Having Too Much Fun

Studies from the US Coast Guard also show that alcohol is still the leading cause of accidents on the water.

I get that we are all out to have fun. I do however recommend saving the drinking for the campsite. We all know that alcohol diminishes our ability to react and make decisions.

I am all for having fun, and I certainly enjoy a drink now and then, just know there is a time and a place, and it is not out on the water.

Tip for Staying Safe

Now that we know kind of what not to do and some things to look out for. Let me break it down into a list of tips to keep you safe.

  1. Know Your Limits: Know what your experience and physical limits are. If, you are a beginner, don’t jump into a river with category 5 rapids.
  2. Know you Boats Limits: Know what kind of kayak you have and what it is capable of. Don’t take a $200 recreational kayak out in the surf or over a waterfall.
  3. Lower Your Risk for Hypothermia: Dress accordingly for the weather and water conditions.
  4. Visibility: Make sure you can be seen. Especially on a busy lake or on the sea. Reflector tape on you kayak or paddle, light colored clothing, a flag, etc.
  5. Boating Regulations: Know the regulations for your area. Follow the rules and be mindful. You can generally get a booklet at any marina.
  6. Take a Class: It never hurts to take a paddling class.
  7. Go with Friends: Paddle in a group. If, you must be alone then tell someone your plans.
  8. Plan your trip: Especially if it is going to encompass more than one day. Then revert to the previous tip. Let someone know what your plan is.
  9. Practice: practice the many techniques you have learned. Practice climbing back into your kayak in deep water. You may not always be close enough to shore when and if you flip.
  10. Be prepared with the right safety gear

Safety Gear, the Short List

Here are some basic items that come to mind that you will want to include in your safety collection.

  • PFD
  • Dry Bag
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Bilge Pump
  • Spray Skirt (for those sit in kayaks)
  • Light or Headlamp

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This list would certainly grow for more extended trips or more complicated trips.

For those types of trips you may want to add a couple of these items.

  • Float bags
  • Paddle float
  • Paddle Knife
  • Change of clothes
  • Throw Line
  • Radio
  • compass

Just to name a few.

Recap

Okay, so we have talked about safety and some things that you need to stay safe. A safe trip makes for a fun trip, and ultimately that is what we are after. Fun and Adventure.

So, let me recap the top 10 safety tips for you.

  1. PFD
  2. Dress Appropriately (including a helmet if necessary for you whitewater folks)
  3. Follow Local Boating Rules
  4. Pick a Suitable kayak location
  5. Practice you deep water entry
  6. Check Equip.
  7. Tell Someone about your plans
  8. Know your cold water safety
  9. Check the weather
  10. Leave the alcohol at home or for later

I hope you found this helpful and I hope you guys have a great safe adventure the next time you go out in the kayak. Thank you for joining me here for another installment in the Kayaking for Beginners Series. Leave and comment, suggestions or experiences below.

Until Next time!

Kayaking for Beginners – How to Launch Your Kayak

Welcome back to number 3 in our Kayaking for beginners series!

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Today we are going to launch our kayak! It’s getting real now.

Pre-Launch and Pre-Landing Check

Just like a truck driver, we should always do a pre-launch check.

Once you get your kayak to the launching area, make sure you have all your gear and it is where you want it. Make sure your foot rests are where you need them.

Make sure your PFD is secure and properly fitted!

Be aware of your surroundings. Especially if you are in a remote wildlife area. Don’t land your kayak in an area where there could be heavy traffic from predators. No one wants to become dinner for a bear. Also, watch out for nesting areas for waterfowl and such.

Don’t forget the snacks and water.

Launching From the Shoreline

This in my opinion will be the easiest way to launch your kayak, as long as you do not mind getting wet. I personally would rather get my feet wet rather than taking a swim due to lack of balance.

Depending on the type of kayak you have, will determine the way you get into or on your boat.

Sit-on Kayak

For those of you that have a fishing style sit-on top kayak, like myself. Getting on the boat from the shoreline is relatively easy. While the first time I did it, it wasn’t graceful, I got better each time I did it.

Look for a calm, shallow area near the shore. Either place your kayak in the water parallel to the bank or vertical, it really doesn’t matter. You just want to make sure you have everything you need and didn’t leave anything on shore.

Walk into the water with your kayak. We are going to enter our boat bum first. So, place yourself with your bum at the seat area of the kayak and holding onto the sides, sit our self down on the seat, gradually. Once your bum hits the seat firmly, rotate yourself around, bringing your feet into the kayak.

Make sure your fishing poles and or other gear is out-of-the-way so you don’t get hung up and throw yourself off balance.

Sit-in Kayak

For those of you that have a sit-in style kayak, this could potentially be a little less graceful. Especially if you are anything like me, LOL.

Look for calm shallow water. If you have a narrower kayak or you have longer legs. Straddle the kayak and lower your bum into the seat, then bring your legs into the cockpit.

Now, if you are like me and not a yoga master, and you have a smaller cockpit, you may need to place at least one foot into the kayak first. If, you do this, try not to put any weight onto that leg, it will require a bit of balance. Then slide yourself into the seat, bringing your other leg after.

If your kayak has straps on the front, place one of your paddle blades in those straps. The other end can hang out and act as an outrigger.

If you are going to launch at a boat ramp, please be mindful and courteous of the boaters that are also going to be using that ramp.

Launching From A Dock

Now, I personally have not done this. So, upon my research, here are some tips or steps you will want to consider.

Depending on whether the dock sits high or low in the water is going to determine how or where you place your hands and knees for the best leverage for getting in and out of the kayak. Adjust as needed.

After placing your kayak in the water parallel to the dock, place your paddle on the dock about an arms’ length away for easy access.

Sit on the dock with your feet dangling into the kayak to keep it close. Depending on the height of the dock, this is where you may need to make adjustments.

With one hand still on the dock, lower your bum into the cockpit to the seat. Rotating your body a bit to keep your connection to the dock, slide your feet into the cockpit to the foot pegs. Once you are seated, grab your paddle and off you go.

Now, the steps are basically going to be the same with a sit-on top style, except you will be sliding onto the boat rather than in.

Mastering the Landing

Now landing your kayak and exiting the boat is going to be the exact same steps as above, just run them in reverse.

If landing on the shoreline, be mindful when exiting the boat of the possibility of boat waves and such that could shove the kayak towards the shore. If you are in the way, it could cause an injury.

Also take into account, if you are a newbie paddler like myself. Your arm strength, leg strength and overall flexibility is not going to be the same at the end of the float as it was in the beginning. No joke! Don’t get in a hurry, stabilize yourself and you will be fine.

Besides, it’s just water and you will still have your PFD on if all else fails. It gets easier the more you do it.

We Did It!

In this “Kayaking for Beginners” lesson we learned how to launch our kayak!

As I have said in previous posts, I am not an expert and there is a great deal to learn. I recommend taking a lesson or two from a qualified trainer if you don’t feel comfortable on the water. Safety always comes first.

I hope this was helpful though, and I hope that you will return and hang out and learn with me some more.

Leave any comments or even suggestions you may have for more lessons below. I look forward to providing you with great content here and I want to help you be the best you can be in your kayak.

Until Next Time!

How to Kayak for Beginners – Kayak Paddle Strokes

Welcome back for the second installment in my series of How to Kayak for Beginners.

In this article we are going to dive into the mechanics of paddling your kayak.

When I got started I just jumped in and wore my arms plumb out. So, let me save you, if I can, and show you some basic strokes needed to get you going.

Proper Holding of the Paddle

Lets start with holding the paddle. I hope you have decided on the right paddle for you and are ready to roll. If you haven’t head over to my post “Choose the Right Kayak Paddle” for some helpful information.

Before we can start stroking, we have to hold the paddle properly and in the right position. Sit-up straight, yes, posture is important! Check out the first post in this series for this information.

There are basically four things we want to consider when preparing to start paddling.

  1. The type of paddle blades you have
  2. The orientation of those blades
  3. Where you grip the shaft of your paddle
  4. And relaxing your grip on the shaft

Are the blades matched (parallel) or feathered? It will be easier to learn with matched blades. You should be able to adjust the to be so on most paddles.

Do you have Asymmetrical (one side is shorter than the other) or Symmetrical blades? You can learn with either style, it is just good to know what you have.

Are the blades concave (curved)? This is typically yes, so make sure to pay attention to where the curve is when you grab the shaft of your paddle. They should be curved towards you.

For proper orientation or position of your blades, pick up your paddle and hold it out in front of you. Look for a couple of things.

First, your knuckles should be up and the edge of the blades should be perpendicular to the ground.

Second, the shorter side of your blade should be on the bottom. If you have symmetrical blades, not a concern.

Third, you want the concave side of both blades facing you.

The Paddler’s Box

Now we are going to adjust where we grab the paddle along the shaft.

Take the paddle and place it on the top of your head, holding it on both sides. Adjust your hands along the shaft so that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle and the paddle is equal on both sides.

Now, without losing that 90 degree angle in your elbow, bring the paddle back out in front of you. This forms the space referred to as the Paddler’s Box.

Lastly, Relax your grip. Make a loop around the shaft with your thumb and first finger. Loosen the rest of your fingers and breath. If you keep a death grip on the paddle you will strain your hands, wrists and arms. We definitely do not want that to happen.

Before We Can Stroke

We have to get our groove right!

We are going to call this Kayak aerobics or the love handle twist, LOL

Meaning, we have to learn to use our torso or core and our legs to help power our stroke. If you depend solely on your arms, you will be exhausted and in pain by the time to return to the car.

Take a seat on the floor or in your kayak. We are going to practice our proper position and posture, and we are going to twist our upper body from the left to the right. Focus on twisting from your core (belly button).

Now with your arms out-stretched in front of you with the paddle, maintaining our Paddler’s Box, twist from your belly button to the left and hold. Do not drop your elbow. Now to the right, again, maintaining our box.

When, first starting to use this technique we can feel like we are rotating correctly when we are not. Pay attention to where your rotation is coming from. Do not just rotate your shoulders. You want to focus on rotating from your belly button.

Set Up For Forward Motion

Now we are ready to move into the most fundamental stroke and mostly used stroke.

The Forward Stroke is just that. It is the stroke that moves us forward, hopefully in a straight line through the water.

I say hopefully straight, because until you get the hang of it, you will find yourself zig-zagging across the lake. Yes, I know this from experience, LOL.

The Forward Stroke starts at the front of your kayak. Using your torso rotation technique, place the paddle into the water just above your feet. Keeping your paddler’s box, rotate your torso the other direction pulling the paddle through the water parallel to the kayak.

When your hand reaches about your hip, slice the paddle up out of the water. This will set you up for the next stroke on the other side.

Maintain the upright sitting position and focus on the energy from your torso. The upper hand should stay at about eye level throughout the 3 phases of the stroke.

The first phase or Catch Phase is when the paddle first enters the water at the front of the kayak.

The second phase or Power Phase is when the paddle slides through the water along the side of the boat. Lastly, the Release Phase is the point at which you pull the paddle out of the water.

Mastering this stroke will have you cruising through the water and on your way to adventure.

Wait a Minute

What if I need to slow down, stop or back off the beach?

Then we are going to use the Reverse Stroke. This stroke is virtually the same as the forward stroke, only you are going to start with putting the blade of your paddle into the water behind you. So, do the same thing as when you went forward, but start the stroke from behind your hip.

Keeping the submerged blade parallel to the boat, rotate your torso pushing the paddle forward to your feet. Remove the blade from the water at this point.

We are going to use the same torso rotation technique and always keep your paddler’s box intact. Proper position and posture will help to keep you balanced and centered.

The Sweep Stroke

This stroke is meant to help you change direction or turn your kayak.

Same fundamentally as the Forward stroke. Except instead of keeping the blade next to the kayak and vertical to the water, we are going to keep it low and horizontal.

Imagine the paddle is coming out of your chest. Rotate towards the front of the kayak, place the blade in the water up by your feet and sweep it in a wide arc back towards the stern of the boat.

The result should be a gradual turning of the kayak. If you need to turn more, then repeat on the same side of the kayak till you are where you need to be.

Last but not Least

Is the Draw Stroke. This stroke is used to move the kayak sideways, like up to a dock or another kayak.

You start this stroke by placing the blade in the water off to your side and draw towards the kayak.

The key to this stroke is to stop about 2-3 inches away from the boat. To recover the blade from the water turn your wrist enough to slice the blade back and out of the water.

If you don’t, it could result in an unwanted swim. If the blade gets to close to the boat under water, the momentum of your stroke could drag it under the boat, throwing you off balance. If this happens, Let Go with your upper hand and release the pressure.

We Are Stroking Now

So, today we learned about the Paddler’s Box, our Love Handle Twist or Torso Rotation, The Forward Stroke, The Reverse Stroke, The Sweep Stroke and finally the Draw Stroke. I know it’s a lot to take in. The most important part is to relax and breath and have fun. The rest will come with practice.

Thank you for joining me on the second installment of How to Kayak for Beginners. If you have any questions, comments or input, please leave it below.

Until next time!

How to Kayak for Beginners – Position and Proper Posture

Welcome to my first installment of How to Kayak for Beginners.

This is going to be a series of articles designed to help your grasp the fundamentals of kayaking. Folks, we are going to Kayak school!

Importance of Proper Posture

Lets talk posture.

Per the Merriam – Webster Dictionary: Posture means – the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose.

Vocabulary.com states that Posture is the way your position your body and arrange your limbs.

Back in the day, and some of your know what I am talking about, we were constantly being told to stand up straight, sit up in your chair, NO slouching. Posture used to be taught in girls schools in the day of corsets. Maybe they still do, I don’t know. I do know that your can see a whole lot of people with bad posture these days. With the age of television and video games we have almost made a science out of slouching.

There are many reasons to practice good posture.

Many medical studies have shown that good posture can not only improve balance, but improve your mood and energy levels.

It also reduces your risk of injury and aches and pains. Psychology studies have shown that good posture can even help with the way people feel about themselves.

Slumping your shoulders forward can affect your breathing, as it limits the diaphragm and lung capacity. Lord knows, breathing is important.

What does this have to do with kayaking your ask?

Bad posture in a kayak will affect everything your do and how your feel when your are done.

While your may still have a few aches and pains from using muscles your haven’t used in a while, good posture will certainly improve the chances of being able to walk back to the truck or car.

Achieving Good Posture

Achieving good posture is not hard, but it is something your have to think about. It does not come naturally. Ideally we want to achieve a relaxed, comfortable position while sitting up straight and tall. Don’t forget to breathe.

If your have ever taken horse riding lessons this will bring back a whole lot of memories, LOL.

Tips for Achieving a good paddling posture

  • Have a seat either in your kayak or on the floor.
  • Place your legs out in front of your. If your are in your kayak this is a great time to adjust your foot pegs, if your can. You want them to provide your with a slight bend in your knee.
  • Now, sit up straight, imagine there is a string running from the center of your hips up through the center of your head. We want an imaginary straight line from our hips, to our shoulders, to our head.
  • Now, Breathe and allow yourself to release the tension just slightly.

Now remember I stated earlier that good posture doesn’t come naturally. So, at first this may seem uncomfortable to your and your will probably have to keep reminding yourself to straighten up. That’s okay, your can practice this anywhere and everywhere. In an office chair, at the dinner table, on the couch. You will be happy your did.

Good Posture has many benefits, as most of us know. Unfortunately, I think a lot of us have forgotten or were not taught. In a previous post of mine “Kayaking for Health Benefits” I talk about some physical benefits of kayaking. Good posture plays a big part in that.

Becoming Part of Your Kayak

How does becoming part of your kayak relate to this?

Remember when I mentioned those foot rests? Well, those foot rest, whether they are adjustable or if your kayak has molded foot rest provide an important connection point to your boat.

What do I mean about connection point?

These are the points in your kayak where parts of your body make a connection to the kayak. The basic connection points, depending on your kayak, are:

  • Your butt or seat
  • Your back
  • Your Hips
  • Your Thighs
  • Your Feet

All of these connection points play a different role in maintaining correct position and posture, as well as, control of your kayak. Each connection point provides a different form of support to help your maintain your posture and position, no matter the circumstances your encounter.

With Posture there is Position

Position in the kayak is important. Certainly, we know to sit in the middle of the seat to avoid flipping over, but there is more to it than that. You want to be comfortable as well as effective with your position.

There are 3 basic paddling positions

  • The Forward Position
  • The Central or Neutral Position
  • The Backward Position

The Forward position is achieved by sitting straight up, relaxed and slightly forward. This allows your to remove the weight off of the stern of the kayak.

The Central or Neutral position is where your sit straight up, relaxed and remain in the center of the seat. This is the position we will primarily use while floating on flat water, or calm waters.

The Backward position is going to be the opposite of the Forward position and allows your to remove the weight off of the front of the kayak.

With all three positions, posture is key and vital to coming off the float trip feeling good.

What Did We Learn?

We learned that Posture is key to everything we do and is vital to functioning effectively in a kayak. It sounds like such a small thing, but if your have ever played any sports or done any kind of dance, then your know how important posture can be. While posture is key, position is vital in helping your to maintain that posture.

Now I am not a medical professional, nor am I an expert by any means. Through my research this is an article to help you be the best your can be while in your kayak.

I hope that it was helpful and interesting. Please leave your comments below and if your have any knowledge to add, please do. Thanks for visiting and come back for number 2 in the series of “How to Kayak for Beginners” for more fun stuff.

Until next time!