Kayaking With Kids: A Practical Guide For Parents Of Paddlers-To-Be (2022)

I’m guessing nothing would make you happier than to catch a glimpse of that oh-so-familiar love of paddling in your child’s eyes.

Oh, imagine all the adventures you could have as a family!

The mere thought of it probably makes your heart smile.

But as a parent, you have to wonder:

Where should we go? How do I keep them safe? What should I pack? How do I make this a fun-filled bonding experience?

I’ve been there – and I’ve prepared some handy tips to make sure kayaking with kids for the first time goes as smoothly as possible!

Kayaking With Kids 101: What Parents Must Know Before Kayaking With A Child

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Tip #1: Planning, Planning, Planning: Know The When & Where

You have to plan the entire trip, check the weather, know the locations and alternative routes, and have emergency contacts on hand. Oh, and a first aid kit.

It’s your job to pack lunch, find a spot to eat it before everyone gets cranky, and know where and when you can take bathroom breaks. Then, it’s up to you to keep the kids entertained in hopes of avoiding melt-downs.

And don’t you dare forget their favorite toys!

I could go on – but I think I made my point.

Kayaking Location

Unless you’re a highly experienced paddler, you want to stick to calm waters – think small lakes, slow-moving rivers, and bays – with little to no waves or wind. Even if you have years of kayaking under your belt, it’s better to take it easy.

So, watch their confidence grow, and their skills improve on calm waters near the shore. You’ll know when it’s time to hit more adventurous waters, such on the ocean sea kayaking.

Top tip – use our free interactive map to find the best kayaking location near you.

Duration Of The Trip

Most kids have the attention span akin to fireworks – dynamic, vibrant, and bursting with energy but short-lived and fleeting.

The older the kids, the more time you can spend kayaking. Still, it’s best not to overdo it with long and tiring trips that will overwhelm your child:

Start small – 15 to 30 minutes of paddling followed by a quick break is a great starting point – and work your way up from there. One advantage of shorter kayaking trips is that there’s less chance of your child getting bored and restless.

Plan Your Route & Outline Expectations

You’d plan your route when going on adults-only outings. So, why should kayaking with a child be any different?

If anything, having a float plan backed by reliable information becomes even more critical when kayaking with kids.

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Make sure your planned route accounts for:

  • Previous experience and familiarity with the area
  • Bathroom breaks
  • Sight-seeing opportunities in the area
  • Walking distance from the car to the put-in spot
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Unforeseen circumstances and emergencies

It’s essential to inform all participating adults about the trip’s details, but older kids might want to be included, too. It might help develop a sense of responsibility in younger paddlers.

As for very young children and toddlers, stick to brief, age-appropriate summaries, general descriptions of the trip, and location-specific safety considerations.

Weather & Water Conditions

As you’re making plans for your trip, be sure to check the weather forecast and know what to expect – and then check again on the day of your kayaking excursion.

If there’s any chance of rain or strong wind, it’s best to postpone your trip. Kids will have a much better time on the water on a warm, sunny day.

Checking the water conditions is another vital aspect of planning a trip and taking your kids kayaking for the first time. Gather information about the tides, currents, know your route well, and check for boat traffic in the area.

Bonus Tip: Adult-To-Child Ratio

If you only recently started getting into kayaking, now’s probably not the time to bring your kids along. Beginner paddlers should never take kids on the water – at least not without an experienced kayaker to accompany you.

Also, watch out for the adults-to-kids ratio:

You should always aim to have one adult for every child in your kayaking group until you’re confident in all paddlers’ skills and experience, including kids.

Tip #2: Safety Above All Else: Essential Safety Gear For Kayaking With Kids

Kayaking can be dangerous, especially if poorly prepared. Talk to your child about on-the-water safety, explain what rules apply when you’re on the kayak, and make sure they’re fully aware of what kayaking entails.

Don’t even think about taking your kids kayaking before you’ve had that talk.

Then, enforce the rules and lead by example; this will help keep everyone safe and develop good kayaking habits for the future.

Your safety gear checklist should always include:

PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

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Wearing a PFD whenever you’re participating in on-the-water activities is a no-exceptions rule for everyone onboard – kids and adults. Plus, it’s required by law.

Opt for a U.S Coast Guard-approved PFD designed for kids, and make sure to get the sizing right. If it doesn’t fit them right, it defeats the purpose of wearing one. On that note, avoid buying larger PFDs that kids will “grow into.”

PFDs for kids are generally categorized based on the child’s size and weight range:

  • Infants – Less than 33 pounds
  • Children – 33 to 55 pounds
  • Youth – 55 to 88 pounds

Lines & Floats

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It’s a good idea to include line and float bags on your kayaking gear list – For instance, plain rope allows you to tow a younger paddler’s kayak when they’re too tired to continue. On the other hand, lines with flotation devices attached can be used in rescue situations, provided that they’re combined with safety techniques.

Each adult in your kayaking group should have access to:

  • Paddle floats
  • A throw bag
  • Tow lines

Additional Safety Gear

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Besides PFDs for every family member and lines and floats for the adult portion of your kayaking group, you want to pack the following must-have kayaking accessories:

  • A first aid kit with Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, sterile gauze, hydrogen peroxide, hydrocortisone cream, and the like
  • A clip-on light
  • An emergency whistle attached to the PFD
  • A charged phone stored in a dry bag

Set Some Ground Rules

You want your kids to have fun kayaking with you; having a bored-out-of-their-mind toddler on board is bound to cut your trip short.

But safety should always come first. You can’t hit the waters without setting some non-negotiable ground rules first, including:

  • Life jackets to be worn at all times, for as long as you stay on the water.
  • No standing in the kayak.
  • No fooling around, leaning, or reaching out of the kayak.
  • No jumping in and out of the kayak without permission.
  • A kayak paddles are not a toy and should only be used for paddling, not as a play pretend sword or fighting staff.

Tip #3: What Else To Pack For A Day On The Water?

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Packing for an afternoon kayaking adventure with kids is, more or less, similar to packing for an adults-only trip. How old – or young – your “crew” is doesn’t make as much of a difference as you’d expect.

Be sure to add the following to your kayaking-with-kids checklist:

  • Your kid’s favorite snacks, preferably something high in protein, such as nuts and dried fruits, rather than sweets
  • Water bottles; lead by example and make an effort to drink enough water
  • Spare clothes and towels – for you and the kids – in a dry bag, just in case
  • Sun protection; including sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and a canopy if you’re kayaking with a baby
  • Rain weather gear, including a raincoat or poncho and waterproof rain boots
  • Water shoes; kayaking shoes or closed-toe, quick-dry sandals with rubber soles and heel straps
  • Toilet paper, wipes, and other bathroom supplies depending on how old your child is
  • Camera, preferably a waterproof and impact-resistant one, with a wrist strap or some other way to secure it

You know your kids best; add to your list of boating essentials as you go.

Tip #4: “Selling” The Trip To Your Kids: Keep It Fun, But…

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Fun is what gets them “hooked.”

However, there’s a fine line between keeping everyone safe and letting them enjoy their day on the water at their own pace.

That’s where the following tips might come in handy:

  • Explain the dangers without scaring your child and keep the emphasis on safety; you want them to understand the rules and consequences without ruining the fun
  • Take some time to practice safety drills in shallow waters and make sure your child knows what to do if you capsize
  • Make them feel included in the planning stages and talk about the trip in a way that sparks your child’s interest
  • Teach as you go, encourage them to ask questions, explain things in a simple, age-appropriate way, and see how well they can follow your instructions. Remember every child will have a different learning curve, be patient.
  • Keep the initial paddling sessions short and near the shore, and take frequent breaks for swimming, sight-seeing, and playtime
  • Bring inflatable toys, pool floats, and whatever else “water-friendly” entertainment you can think of

Know When To Call It A Day

As much as you hope to kill two birds with one stone and squeeze in a paddling workout into your family outing, you’re risking “ruining” it for everyone. Drop your agenda; you’re there to bond and make lifelong memories!

When the fun stops, you stop, simple as that.

That said, a quick break is sometimes enough to get everything back on track. So, when the melt-downs start, put that tow rope to good use and take over for the time being.

There’s still a chance you might save the day.

But if not, it’s better to call it a day than to force things.

Tip #5: Special Considerations: Kayaking With A Baby On Board

My son was ten months old the first time I brought him onboard my kayak. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my decision – it’s viewed as “controversial” – but I have experience kayaking with a baby on board.

And yes, it can be done.

Toddlers First Kayak Trip

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If you’re considering kayaking with a toddler, there are some rules you must follow, including:

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Sit-In Or Sit-On-Top?

Some enjoy the open deck, convenience, and beginner-friendly nature of sit-on-top kayaks. And others go with sit-in kayaks because of their efficiency, handling, and ability to keep you dry in challenging conditions.

Every paddler has some preferences in this regard.

But since you’ll be kayaking with a child, you may want to put those sit-in or sit-on-top kayak preferences aside for a second – welcome to parenting – and think about what’s best for them.

I’d generally recommend a sit-on-top kayak for kayaking with children:

The wide and open deck will make the kayak feel like a floating platform built for fun. And if you let the kids jump into the water for a quick swim, it’ll be much easier for them to hop back onto a SOT kayak, too. Ideally, kayaks built for rivers or a kayak for use on lakes.

But if your child is a bit more skilled or feels safer in an enclosed cockpit, then, by all means, go with a sit-inside style ‘yak, such as ocean-going sea kayaks.

Single Or Tandem?

Duffing – or sitting in the kayak’s middle seat without actively participating in paddling – is an excellent starting point for young paddlers. They’re not learning how to paddle, but they’re still getting a lesson in being on the water.

If you’re kayaking with a toddler and the kayak’s capacity allows it, you might get away with hitting the waters in a single-person kayak.

For kids between the ages of 3 to 5, you’ll want to upgrade to a tandem. Remember that kids should always sit in the front of the tandem; the parent should take the back seat, steering the kayak.

And as a rule of thumb, children under the age of 7 or 8 should share a tandem kayak with an adult paddler – but can actively participate in paddling as bow paddlers. This is a great opportunity to start teaching a kid proper paddling technique.

However, if you plan to go paddling with your partner and child, a tandem kayak is probably going to be too small. I personally advise purchasing a kayak that can fit three people so that everyone has enough room.

Make sure to check out review for some excellent recommendations on the best 3-person kayak.

I’d wait until they’re at least ten years old before allowing them to switch to a small single-person kayak designed for kids.

Kids Kayaks: How To Choose The Right One

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That’s a pretty significant milestone for your little one – and a proud moment for you – and you want to be sure you picked the best kids kayak for the job:

  • A shorter hull – measuring 6 to 8 feet on average – generally makes for a more kids-friendly kayak
  • Kids’ kayaks are usually categorized based on weight and height ratings; make sure you get the sizing right
  • Factor in growth and leave some “wiggle room” when it comes to the kayak’s load capacity
  • Go with a wider beam and a flat-bottom or pontoon-style hull with a reverse chine, as this adds to the kayak’s stability

Let’s Talk Age, Skills & Stamina: When Can You Let Them Paddle Solo?

You know your child better than anyone; you’ll likely be the best judge of whether they’re ready to hit the waters solo in their own kayak.

Teaching kids to kayak

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But to do that, you have to be realistic about your child’s abilities, skills, experience, stamina; everything that may or may not make them a good paddler.

If you’re having a hard time deciding if you should let your child paddle solo, you might want to consider the following:

  • Is your child a good swimmer?
  • Are they comfortable being on the water on their own?
  • Does your child have any previous kayaking experience?
  • How familiar are they with basic rules of on-the-water safety?
  • Do they need kayaking lessons?
  • Do they know how to perform a wet exit, self-rescue, and re-entry?
  • Will they be strong enough to “right” their kayak?
  • Does your child have the skills and stamina to handle longer paddling trips?
  • Are there any laws and regulations that might prevent them from paddling solo?

Inflatable Kayak Or Hard-Shell?

Inflatable or kayak or hard-shell is a question that has less to do with your kids – and more with the logistics of owning, storing, and transporting a kayak.

Take a second to consider the following:

Are the children old enough to help with some of the gear while you handle the kayak? How will you transport the kayak?

Where do you plan on storing it?

What if you drop a lot of cash on a two-person hard-shell, and then your kids suddenly decide they don’t like kayaking, after all?

Sometimes inflatable kayaks make a lot more sense for your family. Their compact, portable, beginner- and budget-friendly nature eliminates most – if not all – obstacles that might otherwise prevent you from ever going kayaking with kids.

What NOT To Do When Kayaking With Kids

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There’s a fair amount of “DO’s” – rules and recommendations for parents kayaking with a child – covered in this guide.

It’s about time I added a few “DON’Ts” and completed the picture, huh?

With that in mind, here’s what not to do when kayaking with kids:

  • DON’T leave your child strapped into a car seat when onboard a kayak; their little PFD won’t be able to handle the added weight if you capsize.
  • DON’T overestimate your child’s physical abilities; kayaking requires a lot of strength and endurance that younger paddlers might not have.
  • DON’T take your kids out on the water if you’re new to paddling and don’t have strong paddling skills.
  • DON’T take any unnecessary risks that might put you – and your kids – in a potentially dangerous scenario.
  • DON’T force your kids to try paddling solo if you can tell they’re not physically or emotionally ready for it; give them time.
  • DON’T take your kids kayaking if they’re too young to understand essential safety rules, can’t sit still, don’t have an appropriately sized life jacket and don’t know how to stay afloat.
  • DON’T head out on the water without a towing system if your child gets too tired or too bored to continue paddling.

Kayaking With Kids: Conclusion

Kids might not love kayaking for the same reasons that you do – and that’s perfectly fine.

There will be days when they’ll be more into collecting funny-looking rocks at the launch spot or splashing their siblings than actually getting into the kayak.

And that’s okay, too.

You want to go kayaking with kids because you want to spend time with your little ones, make lifelong memories, and make it a bonding experience for the whole family.

And if they happen to fall in love with kayaking and being on the water the same way you did, even better.

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But if not, you still had a wonderful time together – hopefully, with a little help from this guide – and that’s what matters most.


Can you take a child on a kayak? ›

Small children can go in a double kayak with their parents. If they are under 8 or very small, they can sometimes not reach the water with their paddle or do not have the strength or coordination to paddle.

What is most important to remember when kayaking? ›

Most importantly, WEAR YOUR PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE. Coast Guard regulations require that all kayaks have a lifejacket on board. Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water.

How can a 5 year old kayak? ›

Children under the age of 8 years old should share a tandem kayak with a parent or adult. It is a good idea for the child to sit in the front of the kayak so that you can easily monitor them while paddling. Children 8 and older can start paddling in a double kayak with an adult to gain some skills.

Are sit in or sit on kayaks better for kids? ›

Sit-inside kayaks are best for intermediate to advanced paddlers or beginners aiming to take their paddle skills to the next level. Sit-inside kayaks are also suitable for first-time paddlers and kids. However, you should attend a paddling course to learn the basic safety skills or practice with an experienced paddler.

How old should a child be to go in a kayak? ›

Kids as young as 4 years old can handle a paddle in the bow position of a tandem kayak. With a paddle their size, this is a great way to introduce them to paddling without them having to control the kayak. A child as young as 5 or 6 can start paddling their own kayak, depending on the child and the kayak.

What are the three golden rules of kayaking? ›

The three golden rules are a set of rules that, when followed, will let you paddle the most efficiently and help keep you safe on the water: You need to use the power of torso rotation for all your strokes. You need to choose an appropriate paddling location. You need to have a plan in case you capsize.

What are four mistakes in kayaking? ›

New to Kayaking? Don't Make These 11 Mistakes
  • Don't Choose Big Water for Your First Kayak Trip. ...
  • Don't Start Out on a Busy Waterway. ...
  • Don't Kayak on a River You're First Time Out. ...
  • Don't Start Out Kayaking in Cold, Blustery Weather. ...
  • Don't Choose Water with a Steep, Rocky or Mucky Shoreline. ...
  • Don't Sign Up for a 4-Day Expedition.
30 Sept 2021

What are the do's and don'ts of kayaking? ›

DON'T touch or get too close to wildlife, as animals can be unpredictable and even dangerous. DO dress for the water temperature and not the weather outside. This helps ensure your health if you intentionally or accidentally enter the water. DON'T skip wearing a life jacket/buoyancy aid.

Do kayaks flip easily? ›

Kayaks are generally safe to use and hardly tip over. Nevertheless, the risk of tipping depends on the sort of kayak and the type of water where you are paddling. For example, it's extremely hard to tip over when paddling with a recreational kayak on a relatively calm river — unless you really try too hard.

Is it safe to kayak with no experience? ›

You do not need previous experience to ride a kayak. Kayaking is a simple sport that any beginner can learn very quickly. Like cycling, it is easy to pick up from scratch. Most beginners learn to paddle within a few hours as long as they have a reasonable swimming ability and fitness level.

How many miles can a beginner kayak in a day? ›

In general, the distance a person can kayak in a single day depends on a few factors: the type of kayak a person has, their paddling technique, and their physical abilities. A skilled kayaker can cover three to four miles in an hour, while a beginner can only manage two miles.

How do I introduce my child to kayak? ›

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Is kayaking hard for kids? ›

Compared to other sports, kayaking is relatively low intensity, and even young children can manage short trips in solo or tandem kayaks. And, because it's possible to paddle on various waterways, they're less likely to get bored. Of course, kayaking with kids is not like kayaking with an adult. It takes more planning.

How do I teach my child to kayak? ›

5 Easy Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Kayak
  1. Start on flat water. This means a lake. ...
  2. Focus on good paddling and balance. These two things will be one of the biggest helps down the road, so make sure they get them down from the beginning. ...
  3. Move to moving flat water. ...
  4. Try out a kayak play park. ...
  5. Tackle an easy river.

What type of kayak is best for children? ›

Quick Answer: Best Kayaks For Kids
Pelican Solo19 lbs6'
Intex Challenger K127.2 lbs9'
Sevylor Quikpak K523 lbs10'
MaxKare Kids Kayak20.5 lbs6' 1"
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Who should sit where in a 2 person kayak? ›

If one passenger in your kayak is physically stronger than the other, that person should sit in the back of the kayak. This allows the passenger up front to dictate the pace, and allows the stronger paddler to keep paddling if the person up front would like to take a break to view the sights.

Which is safer sit-on-top or sit in kayak? ›

Whether you choose a sit-inside or a sit-on-top kayak, you are sure to enjoy paddling. Both style kayaks are equally safe. Stability will depend on other design factors such as hull design and size. (see “how to choose a kayak”).

Can you kayak with a child on your lap? ›

While single kayaks can certainly be used to kayak with toddlers, you'll mostly have to keep your toddler in your lap throughout the duration of your paddle. This can limit your paddle motion and also put your child at risk of getting hit if you have to make an unexpected, quick maneuver.

What is the weight limit on a kids kayak? ›

Kids' Kayaks
Kayak ModelMaximum Weight Limit
Pelican Solo100 lb (45.4 kg)
Old Town Heron Junior115 lb (52.2 kg)
Perception Prodigy XS150 lb (68 kg)
Eddyline Sky 10250 lb (113.4 kg)
1 more row

What are the five 5 basic parts of a kayak? ›

What are the basic parts of a kayak? There are 7 main components of a kayak: the bow, stern, kayak deck, kayak hull, cockpit, foot rests, and kayak seat.

Do you kneel or sit in a kayak? ›

For most paddlers, sitting on the seats is often the most comfortable position. However, kneeling in the boat is the best position if you are looking for more stability. By kneeling, you lower your center of gravity and get more intimate contact with the kayak. As a result, you enjoy more control over your boat.

What shoes do you wear kayaking? ›

A water bootie or water shoe is the ideal choice for kayaking. They will stay on your feet, keep out the rocks, and your feet will stay warm while kayaking. Water sandals with proper straps are also a good option, though you might have chilly feet if the weather is cool.

Why do I go in circles when kayaking? ›

Kayak keeps spinning when paddling too fast; what to do? If you stop paddling when you are moving at high speed, the kayak will spin out. The reason is that there is more friction on one side of your blade if you do not maintain equal pressure on both sides.

Should legs be bent in kayak? ›

Your legs should be bent at the knee and hooked under the thigh braces or cockpit rim of your sit in kayak. For sit on top kayaks the bend in the knee is equally as important and using thigh straps (optional extra's) makes this work much better.

Why do kayaks tip over? ›

Conditions that Cause a Kayak to Tip

Most of the time when someone experiences this, it's due to a lack of balance or conditions on the water outside of their control. For example, it's rather difficult, even for a beginner, to tip over in a recreation kayak on a calm river.

Should you take your phone on a kayak? ›

Still, it's always necessary to keep your phone in a waterproof case on rafting or kayaking trips. Another piece of technology that's even better suited to adventures like rafting is the GoPro. This hi-res, completely waterproof unit attaches to the top of your helmet and is ready for all kinds of adventures.

When should you not kayak? ›

10 Dos and Don'ts of Kayaking
  • Avoid Trees and Other Obstacles.
  • Don't Kayak During Storms.
  • Don't Kayak at Night Without Lights.
  • Avoid Kayaking in Cold Water.
  • Watch Out for Wild Animals.
  • Don't Kayak Whitewater Rapids.
  • Be Careful Kayaking on Large Bodies of Water.
  • Always Wear a Life Jacket.
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Can you get stuck in a kayak if it flips over? ›

No,you will not get trapped in the Kayak.

What happens if my Kayak flips over is one of the most common questions people ask. A person sitting in a Kayak appears as though they would easily get stuck in it when it capsizes. So your concern is entirely legitimate.

Why kayaks are so unstable? ›

Aside from the width and shape, the biggest cause of a wobbly kayak is awkward weight distribution. When there is too much weight in one area of the boat, it may feel like you're going to fall off because there is no center of gravity.

Is it better to transport a kayak upside down or right side up? ›

Rotomolded kayaks can be transported on their edge or upside down (hull up) safely using kayak stackers. However, composite kayaks should always be transported on their bottom using cradles to prevent deformation.

How hard is kayaking for beginners? ›

Kayaking is not as hard to learn as you might think. You only need a few basic skills to paddle effectively. You need a good guide or instructor to help you learn how to enter and exit a kayak, how to perform the forward stroke and the sweep stroke for turning the boat, and a few lessons on safety.

Should I go kayaking if I don't know how do you swim? ›

So if you don't know how to swim, you can still go kayaking. You'll just need to be courageous, determined and aware of proper techniques to help yourself if you fall in the water. You also need a good instructor or guide who will be there to give you a hand should any difficulties arise.

How do you get out of a kayak without falling? ›

A great assist is to use your paddle as a stabilizing outrigger. With the kayak parallel to shore, place the paddle behind the cockpit with one paddle blade resting on the rocks. Grasp the paddle with both hands, behind your back, and slide your butt into the seat. You can get out of the boat the same way.

How much should a beginner spend on a kayak? ›

Recreational kayak prices are much more palatable than other specialized kayaks and generally stick to a $300 to $1000 price range. Beginner recreational kayaks – easy-to-use all-around performers with a generic design – are reasonably priced, starting at around $300.

What do I need to prepare for kayaking? ›

Essential Items for Every Kayaking Trip
  1. Sunscreen.
  2. Spare paddle.
  3. Appropriate clothing.
  4. Helmet or hat.
  5. Whistle or signaling device.
  6. Drybag with necessities.
  7. Water and snacks.
  8. Proper footwear.
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Does kayaking take a lot of strength? ›

Kayaking is a great way to develop arm, back, shoulder, and overall body muscles because it's repetitive. Because the sport works on every muscle group in the body, you'll notice an increase in muscularity and strength from each session. Growing muscle will increase calories burned, helping to quicken weight loss.

Can you bring a 3 year old on kayak? ›

Many experienced paddlers will be comfortable paddling alone with a toddler. And there are many double kayaks that offer a central seat for a toddler or small child. In the case that both parents are relatively inexperienced paddlers, it can be easier for one parent to paddle with their toddler at a time.

Can you fit a child in a one person kayak? ›

Check Price on Amazon The Ocean Single Kayak from OC Paddle is a great option for a single adult to paddle with a child. It has enough space for a child to sit comfortably between your legs or in the rear open compartment.

Can a 3 year old go canoeing? ›

Any child that satisfies the three prerequisites should be safe in the canoe, provided that conditions are favorable. Children as young as three years of age can qualify. It's good for the sport to get children involved in paddling at the earliest age that's reasonable.

What is the weight limit on a kids kayak? ›

Kids' Kayaks
Kayak ModelMaximum Weight Limit
Pelican Solo100 lb (45.4 kg)
Old Town Heron Junior115 lb (52.2 kg)
Perception Prodigy XS150 lb (68 kg)
Eddyline Sky 10250 lb (113.4 kg)
1 more row

Is kayaking good exercise? ›

Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Specific health benefits include: Improved cardiovascular fitness. Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from moving the paddle.

Can 2 adults and a child fit in a kayak? ›

REI suggests that you should not bring the kids along unless you are an accomplished kayaker, or have one along with you. Even then, you should have one adult along for every child, until you are comfortable with the experience levels of all paddlers, even the kids.

Is kayaking hard for kids? ›

Compared to other sports, kayaking is relatively low intensity, and even young children can manage short trips in solo or tandem kayaks. And, because it's possible to paddle on various waterways, they're less likely to get bored. Of course, kayaking with kids is not like kayaking with an adult. It takes more planning.

Can 2 people fit in 1 person kayak? ›

It is definitely possible to paddle a sit-inside tandem kayak or one with molded-in seats by yourself, but you will have to pick whether you feel more comfortable sitting in the front or back seat.

How do you teach a kid to kayak? ›

How to Teaching Kids to Kayak: 1/5- Make it Fun - YouTube

Can 4 people fit in a 3 person canoe? ›

Only two people paddle in a canoe. However, while not all canoes have three seats, they usually can handle the weight of a third or even fourth person.

What should kids wear canoeing? ›

Long sleeve button up shirts are great for sun and bug protection without being too hot. Make sure to bring two sets of rain wear for each child - one for paddling in and one to change into at camp. Despite being heavy, rubber boots are another must for kids.


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