Everything you need to know to get your kid started in kayaking
What is the best kid Christmas gift to get our youth back outdoors?
This gift is going to be fun to use, exciting to open, and gets our little ones outdoors again.
KID-SIZED Perception Hi Five kayak paddleboard HYBRID
This year Kayakingkids.com votes for the child-sized kayak/paddleboard hybrids, and specifically the PERCEPTION HI FIVE. What is a hybrid kayak/paddleboard? It's similar to the all-time best selling sit-on-top Lifetime Wave and Dash sit-on-top kayaks, but with the strategic design of the Hi Five Hybrid kids can also stand on their youth-sized kayak and experience the thrill of paddleboarding as well as sit and paddle it like a traditional sit-on-top kayak.
The more we get our kids outside the better.
Always. But never as true as right now during the COVID/Coronavirus years when are kid have been cooped up indoors huddled over Chromebooks all day for school.
Whatever we can do to get them outdoors gives them back a little bit of the childhood we want for them.
What is a kayak paddleboard hybrid?
They are new to the scene of kayaking and kid-sized water recreation toys and are essentially a kayak designed to stand up on if you want to.
There is something undeniably fun about paddleboarding...(standing up on the water?!) and it used to be reserved only for surfers but now we all get to experience it with the sport of SUP. BUT with little ones it can get tricky. Sometimes kids get tired and need to sit down and rest while stand up paddle boarding (at least mine do) and paddling from a sitting position on a paddleboard can be challenging for small kids. But bring in a kayak you can stand on and kids are getting the best of both worlds.
I know my younger kids are always trying to stand up on our collection of Lifetime Dash but there is no where for their feet to be flat and it usually ends in a big spash! Maybe I'll add a little video or youtube link here to show you.
The hybrids add another dimension of fun to a day of play at the lake. Sit-on-tops really are the best water toys ever created for kids and grown-ups alike. They are intuitive to use and very safe if you are on the right water and wearing a life jacket.
If you think your kids might like to try standing up on their kayak consider checking out the Perception HI FIVE.
For other recommendations for the best kayak for your family to get your feet wet in the sport click here for my guide and some suggestions to get you paddling in the right direction.
Play and nature heal kids from stress so get them out there.
Just take the first step and you'll be glad you did.
Here is all you need:
That is all you need to spend a day at a calm lake with the kids this year, no experience required.
Check out our guide and reviews on kayaks, paddles and life jackets at the top of the page.
You can do it Mom or Dad. Some things we help our kids try can change their lives by opening a door of discovery for them. Kayaking is one of those doors!
All the best to your family from ours,
Almost six years ago we moved into a little New England house with a river in the backyard and quickly discovered the joy of kayaking kids.
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