Kayaking for Fun

Kayaking for FunRecreational kayaks are generally defined as boats that are good for newcomers to kayaking. Recreational ‘yaks offer beginners high initial stability, low weight and affordable pricing. They are easy to get in and out of, and are most useful in quiet, protected waters such as ponds, lakes, gentle rivers or calm bays – in other words the types of water that most people have access to. Recreational boats are suitable for casual paddling and short tours, and their high stability makes them useful for photography, fishing or carrying a kid or a pet along on a paddle. These boats are easy to lift and car-top, and are not prone to damage while being transported, stored and used.

The Sun Dolphin Aruba 10′ Sit in Kayak, is a great kayak for any water enthusiast. This kayak is crafted of a tough polyethylene hull and features a deluxe adjustable seat with high back support and adjustable foot braces. There are carrying handles for easier portage and a convenient storage hatch and water bottle holder.

Tried and true the first Ocean Kayak Scrambler was launched over twenty years ago. Several things have changed during that time but the design of our stable and efficient Tri-Form Hull has stayed the same. The hull responds well in ocean swells and surf. It also tracks well on flat water making it an excellent choice for the paddler who wants to do everything from kayak surfing to fishing to a casual day paddle. Over twenty years of proven ability, the Scrambler 11 continues to be the kayak of choice for paddlers wanting versatility combined with fun.

It’s finally starting to warm up in the North East and that means the return of all the fun summer activities we’ve missed. Last season I did a lot of kayaking on my own, but I always hated leaving my pups at home. This year I decided to remedy my dog-less outings!

Before heading out on a trip, ideally you’d want to get your dog comfortable with jumping in and out of a kayak, both on land and in water. But most of us don’t have access to a kayak for training. You know your dog best, so consider the skills your dog needs to make this trip successful. Scuttle picked this up quickly at the beginning of the outing, but I did find it helpful to have a leave it cues (in case you kayak by some waterfowl!) and to have some practice with balancing skills.

In the weeks leading up to our kayak outing, I worked with Scuttle on a Fit Paws inflatable peanut (think a long, dog-sized version of a yoga ball). As crazy as this sounds, it helped a lot with getting her used to unsteady ground.

 

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