Getting In and Out of a Kayak with Ease!
Getting in and out of a kayak is probably what most beginners fear the most. It can be awkward and challenging but here's how to do it with ease.
The key is keeping your weight low and centered.
At the dock -
Congratulations! You're in and ready to paddle!
Here's a clip that demonstrates this technique. Note the tip that he gives about not reaching for the dock on return. Take a look ...
You may be thinking: okay, "Smartie" - I need to launch from shore, so how do I do that?
Here's how ...
At the water's edge
TIP: In shallow water, you can lift your paddle vertically, (as described above) setting one end on solid ground snug against the kayak side to steady it. Keeping your weight in the center - use the paddle shaft as a "crutch" to enter and exit.
Here's a quick clip on getting in and out of a kayak from shore.
Getting in and out of a kayak - mystery solved!
NOW, how do you paddle? Easy, see: Paddling Techniques.
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