Flatwater kayaking is the easiest type of kayaking to learn and is a good starting point if you’re new to the activity.
What is Flatwater Kayaking?
Flatwater kayaking is kayaking on a flat body of water. It can take place on almost any body of water so long as it is in an area that is sheltered from the wind and does not have any major waves. It is also the safest type of kayaking since it generally only takes place during calm conditions.
Do I need experience?
Since flatwater kayaking is the easiest type of kayaking, this is the type of kayaking that you will learn first. Not only that, but you do not need very much experience kayaking in order to be able to flat-water kayak proficiently. If you’re looking for an activity for the whole family that can be learned easily then flat-water kayaking on a lake or calm river is a good choice.
What kind of kayak do I need?
Typically flatwater kayaking does not need very specific types of kayaks. Since the water is calm you don’t need to worry about finding a particularly sturdy kayak. While it is always important to make sure that the kayak you are using is safe, you do not need the same type of kayak that is used for whitewater kayaking.
Still, if you are like most people you want to do your due diligence and choose the kayak perfect for you. Check out our article on how to choose a flatwater kayak to get started!
How can I go Flatwater Kayaking?
Tours are very popular for people who want to participate in flatwater kayaking. Generally, these tours either take place on a river or in a sheltered bay. A flatwater kayaking tour is great family activity while on vacation because you’ll likely get to see some beautiful areas and may even get to see a glimpse of wildlife in the area.
Since flatwater kayaking is a much safer activity than whitewater kayaking, or kayaking through rough water, it’s more common to see two person kayaks instead of just the one person boats. These kayaks are fun for kayak tours since you’ll be able to talk about what you’re seeing with another person as you go.
If you’re thinking about going on a flatwater kayaking tour, the most important thing that you should consider is where you want to go. Make sure that you set aside enough time for the kayak tour because you might be out there all day!
No matter what type of kayaking you intend to do in the future, flatwater kayaking is a good starting point. In addition to learning other kayak basics, learning to kayak on flat-water is a great stepping stone into other more difficult kayaking activities such as whitewater kayaking or sea kayaking.
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