Getting into Whitewater Kayaking

I never really thought about whitewater kayaking until I went rafting one day with a few friends.  We went through the first rapid and there were these tiny boats everywhere, people surfing waves, people swimming, it looked like a lot of fun.

And it is.  I went out the next day and bought myself a boat.  Kayaking sort of changed my life.  It opened up this whole new world of adventure and not to mention I met my husband on the river.

Whitewater kayaking

I find kayaking is a mental sport.  You really have to think a lot and be aware of your senses.  You need to be comfortable in the water and comfortable with holding your breath under water.

If you're interested in getting into kayaking you should take a lesson or go with a group of experienced kayakers who know the river.  I also recommend trying rafting first or swimming through a rapid because learning to kayak, you WILL swim.  It's fun but it gets tiring so a roll is very important.

Not only is white water kayaking fun but there is a whole kayaking community that is full of life.  You can make a lot of good connections with people from all over the world.


So if you are interested in getting into whitewater kayaking there is a few things you should know:

  • You will have to swim through big/small rapids

  • You may hit rocks

  • You should be good at holding your breath (I use nose plugs)

  • You may get butterflies in your stomach from time to time

  • You will probably start YouTubing kayaking videos everyday

  • You should never feel pressured to do something you don't feel ready for

  • You might end up donating a space in your house/garage for your new kayak collection

  • You will have a lot of fun

If you're interested in having an exhilarating new experience,here's what you will need:

  • Whitewater kayak

  • Skirt

  • Helmet

  • Nose Plugs (optional but recommended)

  • A friend who paddles or an instructor

kayaking gear

Now go find out your nearest option for whitewater kayaking and experience something different this summer.
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Michelle Eady
Blogger at Living on Life
Michelle is a Canadian girl who is addicted to whitewater, rock and s'mores. Her love for the outdoors involves a passion for extreme sports as well as trying to live an ecofriendly lifestyle. She loves to travel, climb and kayak. Check out her blog: Living on Life
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