If you’re new to water sports you may be looking for something to get your heart pumping while having fun. If this sounds like you, then hitting the waters with a kayak or canoe is probably top on your list.
That being said, if you are a newbie you may be wondering which small water craft is the easiest to learn. The answer depends on a few factors which we’ll discuss below. First, since this is a new form of exercise, we strongly urge you to check with your personal physician. Once you get your doctor’s okay to engage in this form of exercise, it’s time to start shopping.
Before you begin browsing for a canoe or kayak, it’s a good idea to go online and watch some videos to get a gist of how each one is propelled. There are plenty of recreational as well as “how to” videos to give you an introduction of the basics. For instance, canoes use a paddle with a single blade.
Paddlers must carry with them certain safety items. The minimum requirement is a sound signaling device and a PFD. The rest vary according to the type and length of your vessel and when and where you plan to paddle.
You need to wear a PFD while on the water to meet safety regulations. Waist packs and inflatable PFDs are popular, but inflatables are not allowed for whitewater paddling because they are not inherently buoyant. The best choice is a bright color for easy spotting while on water.