Kayak tours are an excellent way to experience nature up close. Plus, in some places—like the no-wake, slow-speed manatee zones of Florida’s Space Coast—kayaks are the only mode of transportation allowed.
For those who are new to the experience, kayaking can seem overwhelming at first. The good news is that with a little bit of guidance, the whole experience can be quite smooth. With over 20 years of experience in guided kayak tours, we’ve successfully worked with many beginners, including children.
Here are some of the basics we teach beginners during the information and practice sessions.
Apart from a kayak, here are the essential items you need before you start:
- Paddle: There are many different types of paddles and paddle sizes available for kayaking. Depending on the width of your kayak and your own torso measurement, we’ll recommend the right paddle sizes for you.
- Lifejacket:A lifejacket is an essential safety component for your kayaking trip. Before you embark on your trip, we’ll give you a lifejacket that’s comfortably snug.
Getting in and out of a Kayak
Getting in and out of a kayak often poses the biggest challenge for beginners. It is understandably difficult to balance a kayak on the water at first. Here are two situations that you’ll likely encounter as a beginner:
- Starting from the shore.This is the easiest way to get into a kayak and often works best for beginners. Bring the kayak close to the shoreline, and then use your arms to push away from the shallow waters. Another technique is to push the kayak away from the shoreline and get in as it’s moving away.
- Starting from the dock. Ensure your kayak is parallel and within easy grabbing distance to the dock. Sit down comfortably on the dock at the lowest point, lower your feet and slip into the kayak. It isn’t difficult but does require a bit of finesse.
Here are some tips to make the best of your kayaking experience without over-exerting yourself:
- Focus on moving the paddle using your core strength instead of just your arms. This will help you paddle longer without stressing out your arms.
- Avoid slouching and sit straight on the kayak seat to avoid excessive strain on your neck and shoulders.
- Holds the paddle firmly while ensuring that both sides are equally balanced. The paddle should be at a 90-degree angle from your elbow.Cocoa Beach kayak tours are a great way to experience the natural beauty that Florida has to offer. Here are some kayaking tips we give to beginners.
Looking to enjoy a guided kayak tour at Cocoa Beach or surrounding waterways? Check out our complete list of day, night, and specialty kayak tours. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us online or call 321-480-8632.