Kayak travel is becoming an interesting way of spending leisure time for many people. It offers a way to enjoy lakes, rivers and the ocean at a relaxed pace, in groups or alone.
Two of the basic types of kayaks are white-water and touring kayaks. White-water kayaks are shaped so that waves can pass over the vessel without risk of the boat sinking. Riders sit on top of the kayak. With touring kayaks, riders legs fit inside the boat. The type of kayak for your needs will depend in part on where you will be boating.
If you are just beginning, a smaller kayak is easier to handle, as it will be shorter in length, and lighter to carry. The kayak may not weigh much, but the sheer size of even a smaller boat may be difficult to carry, in the beginning. Another thing to consider is how to get your kayak to and from the water. If it won’t fit in your vehicle, you may need to secure it to a roof rack.
The storage areas, called bulkheads, will also vary in size from one kayak to another. Most are sufficient for a backpack and shoes. Some have a covered storage area behind the boater, while others may only have bungee straps to secure items to the kayak. Always bring a life preserver, whistle and a length of rope on your kayak travels.
Kayaks also come in many lengths, depending on the use the boat will be used for. Some professional kayaks will also have rudders.
Kayak travel can range from a short jaunt in a lake or river, an all day excursion, or even overnight stays. Since the boat is small, if can go to places where larger boats cannot, allowing great places for picnics and sightseeing.
For kayak travel on a river with a strong current, you will have to start upstream, and plan your way back in advance, by having somebody meet you are your ending point, and drive you back to your vehicle. If it is a river you haven’t traveled before, and you are unsure about how fast the current is, check to see that you can paddle easily back to your starting point, before you head downstream. Bring a pair of shoes with you in case you have to walk to or from the water.