How To Ride In A Kayak For Beginning Fishermen

If you really want to up your fishing game and get off of the shore, you can learn how to ride in a kayak. Kayaks provide access to the same location as boats at a fraction of the price. You don’t need a license either. There are some things to be aware of when you were riding in one. You need to do certain techniques and practice daily to make yourself better. In this post, we are going to go over how to ride a kayak correctly and safely.

Kayak Riding Essentials – What You Need To KnowTwo men riding in a kayak in a large lake.

Before you learn how to ride in a kayak properly, you need to make sure that you have all of the safety essentials and kayaking accessories onboard first. This is especially true if you are just beginning and you are not familiar with how it works.

First of all, absolutely everyone that rides in a kayak should have a life jacket on. I do not care if you can swim either. Life jackets are not one of those things that are optional. Even excellent swimmers will have a very hard time keeping your head above water if they end up in a whirlpool or something similar. I am not saying that will happen but if you’re reading this post, chances are that you have more to learn.

What life jacket you decide to put on is entirely up to you. And always make sure to have one on board as well as a spare. Aside from the kayak itself, you also need a bilge pump in case you do fall over. It will quickly drain your kayak of any moisture and this will prevent it from sinking. That is also something that is not optional. Lastly, you need a paddle. Make sure the paddle fits you well as far as size and also make sure it is not too heavy.

There Are Different Types of kayaks And Paddles

There are quite a few different types of kayaks as well as paddles. Traditionally, there are sit-on-top kayaks inflatable, whitewater kayaks, recreational, touring kayaks, and youth size. Each one has their pros and cons. Sit-on-top kayaks don’t have to worry about filling with water but they do not have an enclosed seat either. The sit on top variety is the most common.

As far as paddles are concerned, there are quite a few different variations of these as well there exists symmetrical, asymmetrical, feathered, matched, and concave paddle blades. Which one you decide to use is up to you but they all operate a little differently too. Some of these move more water faster and some of them are easier to use for one who is just getting started. To start off with, I suggest going with a matched blade.

A lot of people riding in different kayaks in a river.

How To Ride In A Kayak To Avoid Flipping Over

  • Paddle carefully
  • Do not shift your weight to much
  • Use a kayak that matches you best
  • Use the right paddle for you
  • Avoid currents, waves, and windy weather

The easiest way to not flip over while you are kayaking is to be careful. Some models are more stable than others and some people shift their weight differently. The only way to effectively prevent an unintentional dive is to never let your center of gravity shift too far to one side. It is common nature to shift from side to side as you paddle.

Just make sure you keep your balance. There are a few ways that you can paddle that will greatly reduce the amount of centrifugal force on either side.

Remember To Learn The Ways Of The Kayak – Study Earnestly

Thankfully they are easy to understand.  The basic forward stroke is the one that you are going to be using the most. It propels the platform forward. All you have to do is set one end of the paddle in the water and sweep it back behind you at a moderate speed. Repeat on the other side. The reverse paddle technique is essentially doing the forward stroke in reverse. You only use this one when you want to make your kayak go backwards.

This one doesn’t get used very often because most of the time, many choose to just turn their boat around first. To properly perform a reverse paddle stroke, bring the paddle behind you insert it into the water, and bring It Forward at a moderate speed. Repeat on the other side. Last, it is helpful for knowing the draw stroke.

This involves paddling on one side forward until you get the kayak turned around. This is where many can make a mistake and actually pedal too hard before a bad swim. Do not repeat on the other side until the device is positioned in the way you want it.

How To Get Back Inside A Kayak If You Flip Over

There are a few different ways to reenter the kayak if it flips over. All of the steps included are the same. Those steps include locating your paddle, flipping the kayak over, securing your paddle to the boat, get on top of it, rearrange your body to the right position, and finally, letting the water out. Very first way is to just muscle it through. If you have enough upper body strength, you can physically reach under the boat, turn it over and then hop back on top.

With a little practice and a decent amount of upper body strength,. This one should not be that difficult. Another method is to take the boat to land, doc yourself, release the water, and  had back in the proper position. This method tends not to work well unless you have a place that you can dock on in the first place. This means it will not work well if you were in a big lake or very far from shore.

I highly suggest lifting a couple of weights and doing the first method instead. It is much easier.

Man in a kayak in white water river.

How to ride in a kayak is certainly a technique you want to learn if you want to fish from one. As with anything that is Mastered on planet Earth, it just takes practice to ride one correctly. I suggest going into a very calm body of water and flipping it over yourself on purpose a couple of times. Also, practice how you ride inside of a kayak.

As always, make sure to keep improving your skills. If you have anything else to add, we can discuss it in the comments section below this post.

Cheers,

David

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