Its always a good idea to carry kayaks with more than one person due to the size and weight of many kayaks. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need to carry a kayak by yourself, it’s important to know how to do it in a safe manner.
Before you carry a on your own kayak make sure that you evaluate the situation. You can always drag the kayak if the ground permits!
Step 1: Position yourself next to the center of your kayak while facing your kayak.
Make sure your feet are shoulder width apart to give you more stability before you lift your kayak.
Step 2: Turn the kayak up on its side so that it is leaning upright against your leg and the cockpit is facing away from you.
Step 3: Squat down and grab the upper cockpit lip with both hands.
Avoid bending at your waist too much. The most important thing to remember about lifting kayaks (or other heavy objects) is that you do not want to lift from your waist or upper body.
Lifting from your waist is an easy way to strain your lower back. The power should come mostly from your from your quads, glutes, and core. If you lift correctly you will be using the strongest muscles in your body to hoist the majority of the kayak’s weight.
Step 4: Lift the kayak onto the front of your upper quads using your legs for power and your core as the stabilizer lift the kayak.
Make sure that you have everything where it should be before you stand up.
Step 5: Using one of your hands grab the other side of the cockpit with your palms facing upwards.
Step 6: Flip the kayak upwards onto your shoulder.
The side that was originally on the ground should flip over onto your shoulder. At this point you should now have your entire shoulder and arm inside the cockpit.
Once you have the kayak up and you’re standing, you should look for a comfortable balance point on your shoulder before you start moving. Make sure that it is as comfortable as is possible – that way you’ll be able to carry it further than you would if it was off balance.
While you can carry a kayak by yourself it is recommended to always see if someone can help you carry it. Make sure that it is absolutely necessary to carry the kayak by yourself before you start trying to pick it up without help.
Another thing you can consider if you can’t get anybody to help you move your kayak is to purchase a kayak cart. There are some solid kayak carts you can find on amazon and it is also helps maintaining your kayak in the long run.
The last thing you want to do is pull a muscle and ruin your kayaking season!
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