How to avoid common kayaking mistakes?

Kayaking is a fun sport/activity, but as a beginner, you need to consider some basic things before you step into the water with a kayak. Many people make many mistakes when they are new to this sport like not using proper technique, choosing the wrong paddle, selecting the wrong kayak, choosing the challenging or crowded river, and many more. It’s good to know in advance about the most common mistakes that most people do so that you better go on your kayaking trip with good preparation and hence enjoy more. Let’s discuss some common kayaking mistakes so that you can avoid them, which are as follows:


This is one of the most common mistakes that most beginners do, i.e. select the water surface which looks calm and start navigating there with their kayak, without knowing if there is any risky spot or if that water surface goes risky at any time of the day or in any season. Sometimes, some areas of water surfaces are calm and not risky, but they do have some risky spots. So it’s always suggested to have a deep knowledge of the water surface that you choose for kayaking. As a beginner, you should be aware of such spots and avoid that route. Just have a deep understanding of the river or the water surface to better prepare for your kayaking trip.

There are various shapes and sizes of kayaks, i.e. some are meant for greater speed, while others are meant for more stability, etc. One most common mistake that most beginners do is to pick the wrong one for their kayaking trip. For: if you pick too big a kayak, then it may get difficult for you to manage it. If you pick too small a kayak, then you get very uncomfortable in your kayaking trip. And if you pick too sleek, then it has more risk of easily capsizing. So always choose your kayak very wisely, so that you can enjoy your day.

The type of paddle you select and the way of paddling matters a lot to keep moving and to balance your kayak. Another common beginner’s mistake is to choose the wrong paddle or use the wrong technique of paddling to move their kayak (either they don’t know well about the technique or may try to become cool). This actually causes imbalance and you end up floating in the water. So pick the right paddle i.e. double-bladed paddle for your kayaking trip and use the proper technique to make your kayak more stable. With the proper paddling technique, you can speed up your kayak without putting yourself at risk and even have more fun.

Most beginners believe that locking their upper body or core can actually help them to stabilize the kayak, which is nothing but just a mistake. Actually, by locking your core or upper body, you actually restrict the paddle stroking and may end up getting tired easily. Just loosen your body and use your core strength for paddle stroking, which makes you go far away and you’ll get less tired. Do understand those little mistakes in advance, so that you can avoid them and have more enjoyment on your trip.

If you choose a crowded place, then as a beginner, it gets a little frustrating for you to move your kayak in a well-crowded place and you just can’t enjoy or practice it well. So, avoid this mistake by wisely choose your place for kayaking. Look out for the options that are good for kayaking but are less crowded, so that you can practice and stay relaxed while doing out for this adventurous activity. Kayaking is more about relaxing and enjoying nature, so plan up your trip by selecting a nice and less crowded place.

Beginners mostly get easily panic by every little thing or trouble that comes their way while kayaking. Like: rushed paddling the kayak in case any object comes their way, leaning backward by seeing a big wave coming their way, losing control on their kayak, etc. These sudden or panic reactions can actually put you in more trouble and you capsize. So for that, first of all, you need to stay calm and do focus on controlling your kayak (i.e. when you need to slow down and when you need to speed up) to maintain the balance of your kayak.

Taking too much risk by going out of your ability is also one of the biggest mistakes, which most beginners do. I know little push is needed to come out from your comfort zone, but you should be well aware of your abilities, else it’ll put you in a troubling situation. Just, be within your limits, have some patience, and do practice, you’ll gradually improve your kayaking skills and can experience more thrill and adventurous experience while kayaking.

Some beginners believe that more strokes are good to transport their kayak, which is actually not true. But in actuality, you just need fewer but proper paddle strokes to well transport your kayak. Proper paddle strokes actually help you make you go a long way and make you feel less tired. Be a little smart and avoid these little mistakes, so that you can long way and have a wonderful kayaking experience without getting worn out.

Any water sport/activity including kayaking is not safe during stormy or rainy weather conditions. Even if you have too much temptation or try to be a risk-taker, just be smart to make up your decisions. Just avoid going kayaking, when the weather looks even a little stormy. Always check the weather forecast before making up your plan for kayaking. And even while kayaking, you feel the storm, wind, or rain, better to come back to your point if possible or step out of the kayak on the nearby shore for your safety.

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