Enjoy the fresh outdoors while kayaking in Pittwater!
Exercising outside has many proven benefits, and with the spring weather coming, the conditions are ideal for kayaking. As many new paddlers are unsure about paddling on their own, joining a paddling group or social club is often a great way to start paddling more regularly and safely.
Choosing the right type of kayak is the first step to getting on the water and there are two basic types of kayaks available.
Sit on Top Kayaks are often the preferred choice for the very beginner paddler because of the following reasons:
Sit in Kayaks have greater versatility and selection of models and often have greater appeal for paddlers with more confidence. Some benefits include:
Having chosen the right kayak, paddling with other like minded paddlers brings more enjoyment, as well as safety to the activity. Paddlers need to be aware of the forecasted direction and strength of the wind conditions and the impact of tides on the waterways they are paddling, as well as, typical boating activity and maritime regulations that govern that area. Knowledge of the paddling route, expected duration of the planned paddle and visible markers are also critical to the planning of the excursion and ensures the safety of the participants. Paddling in a group with more experienced paddlers allow beginners to experience the sport and grow their confidence and knowledge accordingly.
Exercising outdoors has many proven benefits as well. Studies show that outdoor fitness activities improves energy levels and decrease stress to a greater extent than working out inside.Another study found that the outdoors have an overall positive effect on vitality, or your sense of enthusiasm, aliveness, and energy. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date. And there is the added benefit of attaining Vitamin D through sun exposure, a vitamin essential to strong bones and a healthy immune system.
So, getting started in paddling can involves much time, effort and money, but Paddlecraft has helped many paddlers get out on the water easily through their social paddle clubs. Led by either Ross or Helen, owners of Paddlecraft and experienced paddlers, the social groups run at various times and hire kayaks of both the sit on top and sit in kayaks are available, or bring your own kayak as well. All levels of paddlers are welcome. Most paddles are an hour in duration and paddle routes are chosen based on the prevailing weather conditions and vary. For more information on these social clubs, contact us by email or call us at 9997 8015.
Springtime weather is a great time to get out on the water, have fun and get fit!