Kayaking is something our family loves to do. Purchasing some kayaks and gear has provided summers full of fun! We love getting outdoors and exploring as a family, and this is one of our favorite activities.
Here are some of the basic tips you need to get started!
We have a regular size kayak as well as a kid’s kayak. There are also tandem kayaks, so depending on the size of your family and the age of your children, there are many options available. My daughter started using a kid’s kayak right before she turned 5 (with some help).
Life vests are so important for kayaking. Not only is this a must for safety, but it sets a good example. As parents, we also always wear our life vests when we kayak. Choose life vests carefully, as there are many kinds, such as ones that will right your child if they fall in the water and support their head above water, and be sure that it has a crotch strap so that the vest doesn’t ride up. Be sure to check the weight range for your child.
Tow Ropes & Paddle Leashes
Kids may need some assistance with learning to paddle, and we always have the option of a tow rope. This may provide added security, or it might be a necessity if your child cannot steer or propel their own kayak. We often start without the tow rope and then have it ready to clip to their kayak when the kids get tired. You also never know if there will be a current or other situation where you need it, so be prepared.
Paddle leashes are a really good idea, so that if your child drops their paddle, it isn’t a big deal and can be easily retrieved.
We are always very careful about sun protection, and in the kayak, this means not only sunscreen, but often a rash guard shirt and a sun hat. Because it is often very sunny, this means lots of glare off the water too, so we make sure the kids have a pair of sunglasses with them. I find that even if they refuse them at first, they gladly put them on at some point! If you are able to, spring for a nice pair of polarized glasses which gives better visibility on the water.
Snacks and Hydration
As with all outdoor activities, we make sure we are prepared with snacks and water bottles. Tired, hungry kids are not going to enjoy kayaking!
Clothes, Shoes & Towels
Consider that your child may get wet from being in the kayak, whether they get splashed or water comes in the kayak. They may end up sitting in some water. I always bring a change of clothes and some microfiber towels. The kids also wear water shoes or crocs – some kind of shoes they can get wet.
As with any of our outdoor adventures, we like to add in some fun elements. We often bring things like nets and buckets to try to catch stuff like we are kayaking, like frogs or turtles. It makes for a fun experience, and the kids usually learn about local flora and fauna too.
Kayaking can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience too. Stay safe and happy kayaking!
This would be so much fun. I know my daughter would love it. She’s all about being in nature. My son might need some convincing.
My in-laws kayak and have taken the kids out on the water and they loved it! Such an amazing thing to do together 🙂
I can’t remember the last time I went kayaking. I had a really great time when I did go. It would be nice to do this with my family this summer.
My brother and his son love kayaking. They even fish in their kayaks when we take our family vacation to the beach. It’s been years since I’ve been in a kayak. I need to try it again.
Looks some great summer time fun going on. We live close to the Mississippi and people go out kayaking all the time. Great fun and good exercise.
Good to know. There is a lake that just started renting kayaks by our condo in NH so we were thinking of trying it this summer!
Kayaking is a great activity. Yes to all of this list! We always bring snacks.
My husband’s cousin is an avid kayaker. I think he owns about 3-4 of them. He’s taking us kayaking with him a few times. It’s so much fun!
That looks like fun! I have never tried kayaking. My son haven’t tried kayaking too. The hubs did a long time ago.
These are smart tips on kayaking with kids. Whenever we do outdoor adventures with the kids, we always have to plan ahead and pack plenty of snacks!!
Kayaking sounds like a great way to get outside and enjoy some peacefulness on the water. This looks like it was fun!
Kayaking can be lots of fun. I didn’t realize that they made kid sized ones. How fun for your daughter!
We love to take our kids kayaking! Life jackets are key and just taking it slow and steady.
This looks like fun, I am yet kayak myself, I would like to go some time with my kids, Thanks for sharing these tips.
This would be a lot of fun that I can have with the family!! I will book an adventure soon!
Oh wow, seems like a fun activity to do with the family. We love adventure.
This is a great activity for the whole family. I’ve read here about the best kayaks for kids. After all, for their safety, the choice must be more careful. Children also like this activity very much 🙂 But you need to remember about life jackets and close supervision