Everything you need to know to get your kid started in kayaking
Age Guidelines for kids learning to kayak on calm water:
4+ practice paddling own child-sized kayak
4-7 ride as non-paddling passenger on a tandem kayak
4-7 practice paddling as bow passenger on short trips
5-11 paddle own child-sized kayak up to one mile
8+ bow paddler of a tandem kayak
9-12 may be able to use an 8-foot kayak depending on stature
12+ may be able to use 8 or 10 ft kayak
14+ can manage medium sized kayak solo
So let's talk about this question more in-depth, as there are so many variables.
(...and also, to Tandem or Not to Tandem)
What kayak is best for my kid?
You have decided kayaking is something you want to look into for your son or daughter, but where do you start?
What kind of kayak should you choose?
Should you get a sit-on-top or sit-inside?
A hard shell or inflatable?
A solo kayak or tandem?
What style of kayak is the safest, most comfortable, easiest to use,
We have three boys and a river in our backyard.
We can tell you that kayaking is an enjoyable and affordable adventure sport.
Getting started is very simple.
With the right kayak for their age, kids can learn to maneuver a kayak in just a few minutes. It is ridiculously easy for them to figure it out. The new sit-on-top kayaks are even easy enough for a five-year-old to use. You don't have to be an experienced kayaker yourself to get your kids into kayaking either.
With the confidence of the right life jacket, choosing appropriate calm water, a day with good weather (including no wind) and the right beginner kayak, your kid will be paddling away faster than you can keep up.
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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