Sit on top kid’s kayaks are a good choice for most children.
While it is usually a good idea to go kayaking in tandem if you are planning on bringing a child on a kayak tour, after a while, you may want to look at kid’s kayaks for your child. After all, as he or she gets older and more experienced with kayaking, he or she may be ready to move up to their own kayak.
The best kayaks for children are sit on top kayaks. The reason that these make such great kid’s kayaks are that they are relatively stabile, easy to use, and safe. While most other kayaks are fairly safe boats as well, these have the added advantage of not requiring extra skill to right them. If your child is in a sit on top kayak and tips it, then he or she just has to climb back on top. This is different than a regular kayak where, if it is flipped, the person in it will need to figure out how to right the kayak on his or her own.
You should also look for smaller kayaks for children. Most kid’s kayaks are designed to be somewhat smaller than adult kayaks – but they are not the same thing as some of the smaller play boating kayaks. When you go to buy a kayak, you should always check to make sure that it is actually one of the kid’s kayaks.
The best materials for kid’s kayaks are plastic, fiberglass or inflatable. In fact, inflatable might be the best choice overall because these boats are easy to store, very light, and almost impossible to capsize. If you’re worried about your child’s safety then this is the best bet. Also, inflatable kid’s kayaks will be light enough that your child may be able to carry his or her own kayak down to the water.
The most important thing to consider before you start looking into buying kid’s kayaks, however, is whether or not your child is ready for one. If you’re not sure whether or not it is a good idea, then you should look into either doing kayaking lessons with your child, or spend more time teaching him or her how to kayak. In the end, you will know better than anybody else whether or not your child is ready for his or her own kayak.