Sea Kayaking - Touring Kayak

Sea Kayaking is probably one of the oldest types of paddling on archaeological record, although it would have been used mainly for fishing/hunting historically. The beauty of Sea Kayaking typically is that it appeals to all ages and for those who just enjoy being out at sea, enjoying the wide open spaces and a feeling of being in tune with nature. As with all kayaking, a healthy respect of the environment is absolutely essential as the ocean can be a temperamental place to be and so confidence of being able to handle the kayak is also paramount. Having a good understanding of tides and charts and appreciating the intricacies of the weather before setting off on a journey is essential.

Whilst it is wise for beginners to begin to build their Sea Kayaking experience on calm water, as experience and confidence grows, the kayaker can undertake longer crossings and experience more challenging conditions.

Sea racing is a fairly new development in the history of the sport and race distances can be up to 12 miles but they are informal and friendly and enjoyable to those with a competitive edge, but sea kayaking is not just about competitions it is about enjoying the experience of freedom at being one with nature.

For those who like the idea of learning to kayak and in particular, learning how to sea kayak, then it is worth finding out as much information about the sport as possible both for safety reasons and for minimal cost outlay. Learning from a good instructor is essential so as to gain technique and to build up rapport with other kayaking enthusiasts and there are many reputable courses available, which can give crucial guidance and support especially in the early stages of development.

Before purchasing a kayak, it is wise to take a lesson as it is easy for beginners to buy a kayak that is unsuitable to their needs, a lesson will also ensure that the kayaker knows how to tip the kayak over and how to get out whilst underwater. These basic elements are absolutely crucial before going out as are practice on Eskimo rolls and learning how to steer without ruddering including carved turns, lead turns and sweep turns.

The more knowledge and practise the kayaker gets in the early stages, the easier it becomes to be able to make an informed choice about the type of kayak required. Whilst some people purchase a recreational kayak in the early stages, it is worth remembering that if sea kayaking is the chosen field, then specifically designed sea kayaks have adequate buoyancy in comparison to those recreational kayaks.

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