While it is always a good idea to carry kayaks with more than one person (partially due to their size, but also due to how heavy they are), at some point, you might find that it is necessary to carry your own kayak. If you find that you’re going to need to carry your own kayak, make sure that you take a good look at the situation. Make sure that it is actually necessary that you carry the kayak on your own 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 that there are several rolling systems that have been designed so that you can roll your kayak into place, and won’t need to lift it up. In fact, unless you’re sure that you can pick up your kayak easily, you should definitely look into one of the other moving systems – the last thing you want to do is pull muscles before you get out on the water!
The most important thing to remember about lifting kayaks (just like lifting any other heavy objects) is that you do not want to lift from your waist.
In fact, you should avoid bending at your waist at all if you can. That way, you won’t have to worry about straining your lower back. In fact, make sure that most of the push for any lifting comes primarily from your legs. That way, you will be using some of the strongest muscles in your body to lift the majority of the kayak’s weight.
You should stand next to the kayak and turn it up on its side so that it is leaning against your leg. Next, squat down (but don’t bend over!). Once you are down close to the ground and well-balanced, you should pull the kayak up onto your forward leg. From there, make sure that you have everything where it should be before you stand up carefully. Make sure that you keep your back straight when you stand up!
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 on your own, if you think that there are going to be a lot of situations in which you have to move your own kayak, you might want to look into getting a lighter model. For instance, an inflatable kayak is generally a bit easier to carry than some of the heavier wooden or plastic models.