Canoeing and Kayaking – The Basics
When summer approaches, we also look for things to do out on the beach. Two of the most common summertime activities are canoeing and kayaking, mostly because they are fun and easily done by anyone of any age, skill level, or ability. These water sports are very calming and offer excellent opportunities for fun in the sun. But if you’ve never set out for the seas before, you might not know where to begin to prepare for your canoeing and kayaking adventure. Here are some useful tips to help you figure out the specifics and get out on the water!
There is essentially little or no distinction between canoeing and kayaking. Both provide a relaxing trip on the lake or streams and both are physically undemanding. The best approach to witnessing the thrill of canoeing and kayaking is to scout out guided tours. If you intend to visit the lake many times, there is no need to buy your own canoeing and kayaking equipment. This can rack up quite a large bill, as canoes usually cost $800 or higher, and that’s not including other equipment required such as paddles and clothes. You may look for canoeing and kayaking tours locally or in other parts of the world, depending on your willingness to travel. Below is a list of popular places in the United States for canoeing and kayaking.
- Medford, Oregon – This is home to Crater Lake National Park and the Rogue River, which is considered to be home to some of the finest outdoor experiences in the United States. The river is Class II-IV rapids, which require little to no experience to enjoy canoeing and kayaking.
- Haines, Alaska – This is an excellent spot for ocean kayaking surrounding Glacier Bay National Park. Here, you have the ability to spot bears, manatee, and other arctic wildlife along Alaska’s banks. No experience is required to participate in the guided tours.
- Miami – Dade County, Florida – An ideal place to experience fun in the sun by canoeing and kayaking, while getting the ability to snorkel or scuba dive. Coral Gables offers an opportunity to discover mystical sea caves and experience underwater marine life. Several tour companies are in the area with packages starting as low as $40 per person, $30 per child.
- San Diego, California – Visit the La Jolla Sea Caves for a taste of a real marine paradise. Catch views of sea lions, whales, and even dolphins. No experience is required and typical guided tours are two hours long.
Now that you have a few ideas of where to go, you might be wondering what to bring for your canoeing and kayaking trip. Be sure to pack quick-drying clothing, such as synthetic shorts, tops, and jackets. Even kayaking in the summertime can lead to unforeseen emergencies, and you need to have water-resistant clothes ready. Be sure to bring sunglasses, caps, and sunscreen, as the sun is even stronger when reflected off the water. Pack a few water bottles and small snacks in case you or a member of your family need a fast energy boost, and always bring along a first aid kit containing instant cold packs, band-aids, gauze, and other small items just in case an emergency occurs.