Ocean Kayaking, also known as sea kayaking, affords the enthusiast great opportunities for enjoying quality time out in the great expanse of the ocean either with company or alone. If you are considering taking up kayaking as a hobby, it is worth taking a few lessons with a qualified instructor prior to investing any money, and this is because the outlay can be quite high when investing in specialist equipment.
There is no substitute for practice and as much as it is important to read up on the sport itself, actually taking instruction from a qualified kayaker and accruing quality time on the waves is essential. Ocean kayaks are also available in different sizes and so can provide the opportunity for up to three people paddling, this is ideal if members of your family are also interested in learning more about the sport and wish to become efficient kayakers, as it can be a wonderful experience, feeling at one with nature and affords a great day out for family and friends.
Kayaks suitable for use on the ocean are much more buoyant but it is essential that basic instruction and a great deal of practise takes place with learning to tip the kayak with someone near by and then emerging from the waves without panic as well as learning traditional paddling and steering techniques.
It is important that some basic knowledge of tidal systems and weather conditions are also accrued and that all safety considerations are taken. Although Ocean Kayaking can be a quiet, relaxing and subdued paddle, quite often it is very much about the skill and experience of the kayaker against the elements and the waves. It is important that kayaks are also kept away from the main commercial routes for obvious reasons.
Ocean kayaks are robust boats and usually have a longer waterline and this allows the kayaker the opportunity to paddle through the waves as opposed to the white water kayakers techniques where they have to avoid large rocks under the water surface. Ocean kayaks often have larger below decks storage areas, useful for camping equipment, food or for fishing gear and they also generally have rudders for improved efficiency.
Ocean Kayaking can be a wonderful experience and provide a healthy hobby coupled with the chance to reconnect with nature.