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Paddling Your Way to Fun and Health: A Guide to Kayaking

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People Kayaking in the OceanHave you ever thought about kayaking with friends and family? It’s a great way to de-stress, exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors.

It’s easy to learn the basics of this water activity. It’ll only take you a few minutes; after that, you’ll be able to paddle around on your own. Not only will it relax you, but it will help you burn at least 220 calories in 30 minutes, too. The workout will tone the muscles in your upper body, back, arms, and core.

Below, Above & Beyond Alaska shares a few things to learn before you head out to your first kayaking expedition:

Sizing Up Your Kayak

After learning the basics from your instructor, they will also help you get the right size and type of kayak for you. Since you’re a beginner, it would be better to have your seats and foot pegs adjusted as well as your own floatation device.

Be Mindful of the Weather

Kayaking expeditions can go from mild to extreme. But, with the weather, there are more precautions because it affects the current of the water. Be mindful of fog as well. It can affect route visibility and put you in danger.

Get Ready for the Water

In hiking, you have to dress for the weather; in kayaking, you dress for the water. Your clothes may depend on the location, but consider the water temperature apart from the air temperature. You’ll realize the importance of this once your kayak tips over. Layers of quick-drying clothes are the most ideal for these kinds of expeditions. Insulation is also important.

Submerging in cold water wearing inappropriate clothing may lead to hypothermia.

Don’t Go Alone

If this is your first time kayaking, it’s better to go with a friend. When going with a group, go on an expedition with veterans. You’ll be able to gain invaluable knowledge from them, experiencing different weather and water conditions.

Though kayaking expeditions are fun, be mindful of your safety. The water and weather conditions may be unpredictable, so remember to check these regularly. Your first experience should encourage you to do it often, not just for leisure, but for your health as well.

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