Kayak Therapy

Kayaking in the Rain

It has been said that being near water is therapeutic. I can attest that it is both refreshing and relaxing. Now, add paddling on the water in a kayak, and you have a recipe for a great way to regain focus, reduce stress, and get great exercise all at the same time!
Recently I guided a young couple on one of our two-hour creek tours. We chatted for a few minutes, but for most of the time, we paddled in silence. The rhythmic motion of the paddles, combined with the scenery along the creek, was exactly what my guests were hoping for.
So here’s a tip: Consider kayaking for one of the best ways to get “off the beaten path”, where one can find refreshment, relaxation, and exercise all rolled up in one package! It’s a great choice of recreation for all ages – it’s therapy!

QUIP
Those who think they can only be happy when the sun is shining have never kayaked in the rain!

Choosing Your Kayak

KayakSince there are many factors involved in choosing the right kayak before your purchase, I will address some of the more important ones.
First, decide where you will be paddling. A kayak that might be suitable for flat water such as rivers, creeks, and lakes, is not the best choice for paddling in the surf or in choppy waters.
Next, consider your paddling experience. Some kayaks are more stable than others. Simply put, the wider the boat, the harder it is to overturn. The longer the boat, the easier it is to track. Tracking is simply how your boat steers while you are paddling. Longer boats track better than shorter boats, since they require less correction effort in steering while paddling.
Then, do you prefer a “sit in” or a “sit on top” kayak? Do you need a long or short one? Will you be doing overnight trips, or just short day trips? As you can see, one has many options to consider.
An informed kayak shopper will not shop with the intention to buy the “cheapest boat you can find.” A “great deal” is not so great if you cannot enjoy what you have bought.
Since there is not one boat that fits every situation, some people solve this dilemma by actually owning two or more boats! This enables them to have more paddling options.
Happy Paddling!

 

Quip

If it seems too good to be true, you must be kayaking!

Wildlife Viewing

wildlifers

An exciting part of a kayak trip is seeing wildlife. Typically, the best times to view wildlife are sunrise or sunset. Also, kayaking at low tide provides an excellent opportunity for bird watching, as they are usually feeding along the exposed banks.

Kayaking is a quiet way to get close to wildlife without frightening them. Quiet paddling combined with right timing will increase one’s chances of viewing wildlife. Happy Paddling!

Quip
Don’t be so focused on the destination that you miss out on the joy of the journey.

Paddling Tidal Waters

tidalwaters

Tip:
Some of our paddles are on waterways that are tidal influenced.  Many of our guests have little paddling experience; so my goal is to make their paddling as easy as possible.   Doing this is quite simple.

I look at the tide chart for my area to determine the times for high and low tides.  For example, if I am planning a 2-hour paddle, I launch my kayak one hour before the tide changes, and paddle with the current.  One hour later, the tide will change and I can return with the current.  This same technique will allow me to increase or decrease my planned paddle times, and also will allow me to paddle in either direction at high or low tide.  Happy Paddling!

Quip:
As long as we are having fun, paddle out and paddle back the same day.  It’s all GOOD!

How to Choose the Right Paddle for You and Your Kayak

Kayak Paddles

Step 1:
Measure the beam of your kayak, (the center of the cockpit at its widest point). If the width of your kayak is 25 inches or less, and you have an average torso length, the following rule of thumb, (Step 2), should get you close to your proper paddle size.

Step 2:
Hold the paddle upright and stand next to it while extending your hand to the tip of the paddle. If you can curl your fingers over the tip of the paddle, the paddle is the right length for you.

Quip: A bad day kayaking is better than a good day at work!