/ Getting into kayaking
While lying here I fancied doing some research into kayaking. The faster river type stuff. Appreciate I will have to start on easy flat lakes and slow stuff to start with.I wondered if anyone could recommend a forum or some other internet based resource to read up about it.
I have kayaked a few time when younger but nothing much. And I need to learn to swim to a better level than I can now. HAd a forum search but it came up with climbs named "kayak"
In kendal btw
You could start here: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/
Finding a local club would be a good bet, probably more so with kayaking than climbing. Not only will clubs provide people with experience but also might be able to loan all the kit, and maybe have indoor pool sessions this time of year.
General rule of thumb is that the greater your water confidence, the easier you'll be able to learn to roll a kayak, the easier it will be to develop all the other skills once you can right youself unaided...
Steer yourself towards the Song of the paddle forum
Basically, what they^^^^^ say.
UKRGB is indeed the place for kayaking: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=29
Song of the Paddle is more about open canoes. http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/forum.php
The club advice is very good. Whilst paddling on an easy canal or river is easy to pick up, you need other folk to teach you the skills & safety techniques for whitewater. And clubs own kayaks/canoes so you don't have to buy one immediately.
> Basically, what they^^^^^ say.
> UKRGB is indeed the place for kayaking: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=29
> Song of the Paddle is more about open canoes. http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/forum.php
If for whatever reason you should develop the urge to take open canoes on white-water then http://www.cboats.net/cforum is another useful (if niche) resource.
* Sometimes the somethings may be holding you down, tempting you to commit the ultimate sin, to swim.
Don't feel the need to start on lakes, you could be paddling grade 2 by the end of your first day.
As others say, you need someone to teach you, and drag your boat out while you're coughing up water on the shore.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions , the best bit about ukc the collective knowledge:) Should give me something to have a look at.
I took my 9 year old for his first paddle in his own boat yesterday :)
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