Whether you are a longtime fan of water activities or simply want to try something new, kayaking around Grand Cayman offers an experience you will remember always. Like any water sport or activity, there are a few things you need to know before you start paddling so you can enjoy a fun and safe experience instead of finding yourself going overboard. Use these tips to give yourself an extra edge before going kayaking for the first time:
Dress For The Water
The weather may be gorgeous on Grand Cayman most days of the year, but it still important to dress for the water instead of the weather. It is always a little colder on the water, even if you are in the Cayman Islands and not a river in the New England section of the U.S. Wear a wetsuit if you think it is appropriate, or at least board shorts and a rash guard. This, of course, is in addition to your lifejacket, which is an absolute must any time you engage in a water sport or similar activity.
Sit Up Straight
Proper posture is a kayaking necessity for easier paddling. Whether your kayak features a backrest or not, sit up straight so your lower back and behind are at a comfortable 90 degree angle to each other. Rest your feet in the kayak’s footpegs with your knees slightly bent outward so they make more contact with the thigh braces, if applicable. If your kayak is of the sit-in rather than sit-on variety, it will not include these braces.
Give Yourself A Brief Paddling Lesson
A working idea of how to paddle makes getting on the water much less complicated. To practice, sit in a chair holding a broom handle or hockey stick and imagine yourself on the water. Paddle from side to side and get a professional lesson if you need additional help.
Bring Extra Clothes
Bring extra clothes in the event of your kayak capsizing, and remember your safety and that of your fellow kayakers is more important than the small boats, especially in rougher water. Pay close attention to your instructor’s capsize drill and ask questions about anything you are unsure about. And remember, you are going to get wet even if you don’t capsize, so the extra clothes will be welcome once your kayaking adventure is over.
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