What should I know before buying a kayak?

Is buying your own kayak worth it?

Owning and using a kayak is a healthy lifestyle choice and a solid addition to any portfolio. Kayakers don’t have to pay money to sit in a darkened movie theater and be spoon-fed second-rate commercial creativity. They invest the price of admission in themselves and get into the environment and enjoy it.

What do you need when you buy a kayak?

Getting Started Kayaking

  • Kayak. Let’s start with the obvious, first — you’ll need a kayak. …
  • Buoyancy Aid. A buoyancy aid is similar to a life jacket, but it allows for more movement of your neck and arms. …
  • Paddle. Of course, you simply can’t go kayaking without a paddle. …
  • Wetsuit/Dry Top. …
  • Wet Shoes. …
  • Rope Bag. …
  • Dry Bag.

Is kayaking hard for beginners?

Here’s my take on it: For the most part, the basics of paddling are easy to learn. The hard part – the one that takes time and practice – is perfecting your technique. And yes, you’ll likely have to pace yourself, start slow, and take frequent breaks at first.

Is it weird to go kayaking alone?

Contrary to popular opinion, kayaking alone is not weird. There are many kayakers out there that prefer solo kayaking to group kayaking. So if you’re thinking about a solo paddling trip, don’t be afraid to try it out! Just make sure you implement the safety tips above, and you’ll have a great time on the water.

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How much should I spend on my first kayak?

Cost of a Beginner Kayak

A beginner kayak is generally going to cost between $200 and $350. We personally recommend investing in one of these if you intend on turning kayaking into a summer sport you plan to do at least a few times per year. Anything cheaper is not going to last particularly long.