Kayak Hire

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:

 

  • Stability – The sit on top kayaks are generally about 75 cm wide with a flat bottomed hull that is designed for stability. This provides confidence to new paddles that lack experience on the water, or when water conditions are a bit rough. The stability also allows the paddler to move around on the kayak without capsizing the craft and suits activities like fishing or people that want to bring pets or small children on board.

 

  • Easy to get on and off – The open design of the sit on top kayak allows people to easily sit onto the craft and doesn’t require a great deal of flexibility. Many beginners also appreciate the open nature of the kayak if they need to get off or on the craft safely in the water.

 

  • Weight – Sit on top kayaks in rotationally molded plastic and sized for adults are about 2.7 - 3m in length and can weigh as little as 19 kgs. This makes the transport and handing of the kayak easier on and off the water.

 

  • Cost – Because of the recreational nature of this model, the sit on top kayaks tend to be less expensive than their counterpart sit in kayaks and are an ideal first purchase for paddlers new to the activity.

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Sit in Kayaks have greater versatility and selection of models and often have greater appeal for paddlers with more confidence. Some benefits include:

  • Easier to Paddle – The sit in kayaks glide through the water with less effort due to the smoother ‘V’ shaped hull. At about 65 cm wide, there is less water resistance but with the greater speed comes less stability.

 

  • Comfort – The enclosed design of the sit in cockpit provides greater protection from the wind and water, so you stay dryer and warmer. Most models also have adjustable seats that provide good back support and seat cushions.

 

  • Storage – The hull design provides more oppurtunity for hatch storage and supports day or multi day touring and camping.

 

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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!

 


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Kayak hire on Sydney's Pittwater, less than an hour from the city. Hire is available for an hour or with reduced rates up to a full day.

From $25.00 / Package(s)

Multi Day Kayak Hire from Paddlecraft provides anytime paddling, from early morning to sunset, for kayaking when the weather is perfect.

From $80.00 / Package(s)
From $95.00 / ticket(s)