The Basics: Your First Kayak Tour and The 3 Rules of Kayaking

Kayak Tours are a great way to get out on the open waters and enjoy the beauty of nature. Of course, learning the basics of Kayaking will provide a safe and more enjoyable excursion. Finding an experienced and professional Kayak Tour company like Terrapin Adventures will prepare you with the skill-sets you need to learn before venturing out on your first Kayak Tour.

Here is some information to prepare you for what to expect:

Sitting in a Kayak
Although you might think that sitting in a Kayak would be a simple thing to do. In actuality, this is a basic skill  you have to learn how to perform. Kayaks can become very unstable when getting in and out of them, so your experienced guide will show you how to stabilize yourself as you get in and out of the Kayak.

Make sure you have a snug seat. A snug seat will provide more power and ease of maneuverability so you can make turns and rolls more easily. Terrapin Adventures kayaks have fully adjustable and comfortable seats.

1. Place your feet on the resting pegs at the front of the Kayak.
2. Bend your knees so that your upper thighs rest on the pad beneath the deck.
3. Make sure you are comfortably but solidly in the cockpit so you can your feet to  leverage your paddling.

Paddling Kayak Techniques
The next skill-set you will need to learn is how to paddle. Once again, this might seem like an easy skill to master – but, not so fast! Keeping your balance on the Kayak as you move through the water is something that you will have to master.

1. Hold the paddle with both hands with arms at a 90 degree angle.
2. Take a stroke with your right hand then pull your right wrist back (maintaining a loose left hand and open). Now, take a stroke on your left and repeat.
3. Keep your arms low and try pushing with the arm out of the water as you lightly pull with the side that is in the water.

Three Rules of Paddling:

1. Learn how to use both your upper and lower body to perform different tasks.     Separating your body at the hips and staying loose and relaxed is paramount.

2. Always maintain a power position with your hands. This means always having your hands in front of you and to prevent your hands from getting behind you. This will help in preventing shoulder injuries.

3. Achieve torso rotation strength to get your upper body muscles working together within each stroke. Don’t just rely on your arms.

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