10 Kayaking Tips

With proper demonstrations and the right tips to get you started, anyone can have a successful day and a great time kayaking. Kayaking is an amazing way to access beautiful stretches of water that can only be enjoyed by boat. At Methow River Raft & Kayak, we love what we do, and your safety and fun are our highest priorities.

1. Dress Appropriately For The Water Temperature

Some people make the mistake of dressing for the outside temperature when they prepare for kayaking instead of how cold (or warm) the water is. If you tip your kayak, you will probably never again need to be reminded to dress for water temperature. We recommend layering quick-drying clothes and using a comfortable pair of water shoes or strap-on sandals suitable for the activity.

2. The Right Kayak For The Job

When being outfitted with a kayak, make sure you have one that is appropriate for your level of experience. We can help determine what kayak is best for you based on your needs. Shorter kayaks, for example, are less inclined to tip and are great for beginners.

3. Know Your Limitations

Like any other sport, kayaking safely requires that you know what your capabilities are and respect them. Go easy on yourself, have fun and stay focused on the basic techniques.

4. Watch Your Kayaking Form

The most important thing you can do to maximize your effectiveness is to sit up straight and lean slightly forward. The further back you sit, the less control you will have over your kayak.

5. Know What To Do If Your Kayak Tips

If your kayak tips, it is important to know what to do once in the water, and how to get back into the kayak. We will provide you with instructions to safely handle a tipped kayak before we start our trip.

6. Choose Your Water Wisely

If you are new to kayaking or simply aren't comfortable in certain types of water, being mindful this will help ensure you have a pleasant time kayaking. There is no reason to paddle rough waters, for which you are not prepared.

7. Hydrate

When you are on the water and paddling for extended periods of time, it is amazing how much water you can go through. Always be prepared and bring more water than you think you will need.

8. Practice In's And Out's

Before you push off and start your kayak tour, it is a good idea to get familiar with getting in and out of a kayak. If you can practice in water, that is ideal.

9. Wear Protection

The sun can be deceptive in the amount of exposure you receive while paddling the river. When you are preparing for your kayak tour, remember to wear sunscreen and a hat for the best level of sun protection.

10. Always Wear A PFD (Personal Floatation Device)

This seems like it is an obvious one, but people sometimes discount the importance of a PFD or underestimate the water levels. It is always important to take precautions where you can, and a PFD is a vital element to safety and kayaking.

If you have any questions about a kayaking tour, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at Methow River Raft & Kayak today.