Is kayaking easier than canoeing?
Yes and no. You can get going in a kayak in calm waters and it looks easier, but safe kayaking needs more technique and skills than canoeing. A canoe is more stable in the water and if there are two of you to paddle, it’s probably the easiest for a gentle river trip.
What’s the best type of kayak for a beginner?
For your first kayak, look for a shorter boat length with a wider, flatter base. This makes the boat slower and more stable on the water. A length of 10 to 12 feet is about right. Also consider how easy the boat is to move out of the water, as you will probably need to transport it. An inflatable kayak may be worth considering. And throw into the mix what you’ll be using the boat for: fishing; recreation; touring; will you be on your own or with a partner; on calm waters or choppy waters? There are different specs for each of these considerations, such as weight, storage room, seating and other design features.
Best places to kayak in the UK?
You can’t beat the Scottish lochs for an all-round outdoor experience, with ample space to kayak, calm waters, opportunities to fish and spectacular scenery. For more experienced kayakers looking for action, the rivers of the UK offer lots of choice and our top recommendation is the River Wye in Gloucestershire. And, if you are feeling brave, sea kayaking off the coast of Cornwall is sure to get the adrenaline flowing.
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