A growing number of people have kayaks and kayaking has become a favorite sport for all kinds of ages. Considering the financial crisis almost all are going through, a lot may come to the conclusion that kayaking isn’t a the sport for them and is merely a waste of money. They think about all the kayaking gear needed and the cost of travelling to find the best lakes or rivers and conclude on finding an alternative form of recreation. So what are the facts? Is kayaking really only for rich people?
*Your kayak- make up your mind on how the kayak will be used. For exploring, fishing or just recreation? Good for one or two people? A used kayak may only cost around $100 whereas one from a branded shop will be as expensive as $4000. The Eddyline Whisper Double Sea Kayak for instance can be found online for $1,300 whereas a new Sea eagle 380X Deluxe Kayak for only $873.99. If you have your purpose clear in mind you can easily find one that fits your budget.
* Gear- this would include water proof clothing that would cover your whole body, a life vest, first aid kit, rubber waterproof shoes and a waterproof bag. All of these don’t cost a lot and if you have a minimum of $500.00, you should be able to find something online.
* Place- it really isn’t necessary to travel out of country just to find a venue to kayak. I have tried it on a simple river near home and still the view was beautiful! You can stop for a dip, take a peep at some caves and even dare taking a few rapids for that extra excitement. For those who want kayaking to be a family activity, a river or lake just around the corner will be sufficient. On the other hand, if you want more thrill and fierce waters, famous venues like Glacier Bay in Alaska, San Juan Islands in Washington, and Down East Islands in Maine should be on your list.
If you’re planning for kayaking to become a long-term hobby, it’s advisable that you spend on your kayak since that is basically the most expensive thing you’d be buying. Just don’t go beyond your budget.
Once you get one and have the complete gear, it’s all about maintenance. Caring for your kayak well will mean less repairs and more savings. Regarding gear, some kayak gear is really not so useful and are simply there to give a ‘cool’ look so think twice before purchasing. Never purchase something not really needed. Safety devices are the only ones that are a must and don’t try leaving out some to save. Have a medical kit on hand at all times and avoid removing your safety vest.
Well, if you’ve wanted to try kayaking out, I’d highly recommend it! Kayaking is an ideal hobby.
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