If you like water, you need to try kayaking. There are different types of kayaking that can allow anyone to enjoy the sport. Whether you are looking for a leisurely paddle through calm waters or a face full of whitewater and adrenaline, there is a kayak for you.
I love it all, the sound of my paddle dipping into the water, creating ripples in the water that looks like glass. I enjoy the butterflies in my stomach that I get when approaching a rapid. Facing the opposite way the water is going while surfing a wave and having the water rush by you can be an incredible feeling.
Needless to say, if you want to try kayaking you should love water and if you don't already, I guarantee you will after trying it.
What you choose to try will depend on your comfort level with water. A good way to find out if you would like whitewater kayaking is to try whitewater rafting. I had never even thought about whitewater kayaking until I went rafting down the Ottawa River and seen the kayakers playing in the rapids. I loved rafting so I assumed I would love whitewater kayaking and I did and still do. Rafting will give you a sense of what it feels like to swim through a rapid. Swimming is part of learning how to kayak. Trust me, I know; I swam almost every rapid on our local river. It can be fun and it can be scary so before you go out and spend money on all the gear to take up kayaking, try rafting. You won't regret it.
A great way to enjoy nature and wildlife is through kayaking. You don't really need special training to flat water kayak but you should be comfortable with the water, know the location, have the proper gear and if you've never done it before, definitely go with someone experienced. Don't know anyone who kayaks? There is a whole online community of kayakers, you can also attend a kayak festival, or check for clubs in your area. Flat water kayaking can be extremely relaxing. It can be good for your mental health.
And remember to watch the shoreline closely. You never know what you might pass.
Haven't convinced you to go kayaking yet? Maybe some of these pictures will.
"The most dangerous risk of all is the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later." -Author unknown
**Editors note: This is the first of a three-part series on kayaking. Check back soon for more kayaking posts from Michelle.**
Why You Should Try Kayaking - Now!
By Michelle Eady
May 13, 2014
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