Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kayaking with Kids - A Few Simple Tips

Kayaking is a different and exciting sport with lots to offer; not limiting itself to the adrenaline junkies. Water sports, in fact, holds great appeal to families, though when kayaking with kids, there are a few things parents and adults need to bear in mind.

Safety First

An important rule for all water sports participants is that proper safety procedures become vital when children are involved. Life vests or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), high visibility, lightweight clothing, and adequate training are all highly important. In the event of an accident, these things will help a child be able to stay afloat, and be easily spotted and aided by one of the adult members of your trip.

It is also a good idea to check in with a friend, relative, or member of the local parks department. Letting someone know your route, and the time you expect to be back, means if you do have a problem, and do not arrive on time, the alarm will be raised, and help will be on the way quickly. Kayaking is a safe and reasonable sport for children to take part in and enjoy, as long as proper safety procedures are in place, and followed. Check your safety equipment in advance to make sure you do not get caught on the day of your trip missing something crucial.


Correctly sized equipment is very important. A child's PFD should fit tightly, and cushion their head, so they cannot be swept out of it by a current and can keep their head above water in the event of an accident.


Choose the area for your trip carefully, and match the course to the children's ages and abilities. For example, a Delaware Water Gap Map will allow you to plan which courses might be suitable, as this area provides excellent conditions for beginner kayakers. It's important that kids feel safe and happy during the trip, and progress to more challenging courses in their own time. Kayaking can be a lifelong interest, so save the Colorado River until the kids are older. If possible, scout any course you do choose the day before, to get a feel for water conditions, and any potential problem areas you might encounter.


Pick your group with care. A kayaking trip should have a good balance of adults and children, in case one child requires more help than expected or needs to go ashore for some reason. Knowing the temperaments and abilities of the kids on your trip is also an advantage. This gives you a chance to be aware of who to keep an eye on, who can manage by themselves for the most part, and who is likely to bite off more than they can chew.


Kayaking can be a great sport to get involved in, and one kids enjoy immensely. With the correct precautions and forward planning, as well as the right equipment, this sport can be great for all the family, keeping people healthy, building team working abilities and giving kids a taste of the great outdoors, along with experiences and memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

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