There’s nothing quite as exciting as embarking on a memorable water sport adventure in the serene environment of the famous Outer Banks coastline. If you’re planning a vacation to the area and hope to spend your days exploring the water in a kayak, Kitty Hawk Watersports is here to help with your water sport rental. But before you dip your toes in our crystal-clear waters, let’s dive into the basics of kayaking and what you should know before your excursion.Kitty Hawk Watersports Outer Banks Kayaking

1. Getting in a Kayak

Learning the proper way to get into your kayak is the first step to a successful kayaking adventure. Start by placing your kayak in shallow water parallel to the shore. Firmly hold the kayak from the cockpit, sit on the edge, and swing your legs into it one at a time. Balance is key, so keep your weight centered as you adjust into a comfortable sitting position. Then, get a firm hold of your paddle.

2. Mastering the Paddles

Paddling is what propels you forward and allows you to steer. Paddling effectively in a kayak rental requires more than brute strength. Begin by holding the paddle with both hands shoulder-width apart, and make sure the concave part of the blades is facing you.

To move forward, dip one blade into the water and pull it back towards you, alternating sides to create momentum. Remember, efficient paddling requires more than arm strength. Engage your torso to minimize fatigue. Kayaking requires a bit of endurance, so conserve your energy as needed.

3. Keep Your Kayak Upright

Staying afloat and preventing capsizing are fundamental to kayak safety, so start by learning to read the water. Anticipate changes in water flow and adjust accordingly.

Balance is the key to staying upright in your kayak. Leaning towards the side can make the kayak feel unstable, leading to a tip. To maintain balance, sit up straight and always look to the horizon. Good posture improves balance.

Keep your hips loose to allow the lower body to absorb shock from waves or rough water. Distribute your weight evenly, ensuring your movements are slow and steady. Lower your center of gravity by keeping your legs slightly apart and pressed against the kayak’s sides.

4. What to Do if Your Kayak Tips

Even with precautions, capsizing can happen. The key is not to panic. If you overturn, remember the tuck and protect rule: tuck forward towards the water and protect your head with your hands until you’re past the initial shock.

Most kayaks are designed to be re-entered from the water. If you tip over, stay with your kayak. It’s best to swim to the side of the capsized kayak and flip it over. Then, while floating on your back, place your legs in the cockpit and wriggle your body inside. Practice flipping your kayak back and re-entering it in calm waters so you’re prepared if it happens.

Kayaking with Kitty Hawk Watersports

At Kitty Hawk Watersports, we believe that knowledge is the key to unlocking the full potential of your Outer Banks adventure. Whether it’s your first time renting a kayak or you’re a seasoned paddler, it’s good to go over best practices before you go out on the water. Follow safety guidelines; don’t be afraid to ask questions when you pick up your rental. Our team is here to help!

Kitty Hawk Watersports is here for your water sport rental needs. We offer SUP, jet ski, surfboard rentals, and more! So, for a kayak rental for your next family vacation to the Outer Banks, contact Kitty Hawk Watersports at (252) 441-2756 or book a rental online today. We invite you to embrace the world of kayaking with us, where every paddle stroke brings a new adventure!