Kayak Dock. You saw kayak boats and thought you might as well have one installed on your waterfront property. After installing it, you decided to learn how to kayak.
When it comes to kayaking, it does not matter how old you are, as long as you are determined to kayak, anyone can learn it. Once you get the hang of it, people will always find you out in the open waters, kayaking the day away!
How to Use Kayak Launches on Boat Docks
Getting in and out of the kayak sounds simple, but the first time you get in and out, you will find out that it is anything but simple, which is why it requires practice. If your area only allows you to get in and out of the watercraft from the shore, move it closer to the water. Next, climb in, sit down, and then use your arms to push yourself into the water.
You should be floating now. Once you are floating, it is paddling time! Another way to practice getting in and out of kayaks is from kayak docks. We suggest you get a kayak launch to make sitting down in it easier. Without one, the kayak will wobble. Choose a durable and slip-resistant kayak launch that meets the ADA requirements.
Hit the Water and Paddle
Master the four paddle strokes for maneuvering your kayak in various directions, but first, learn to hold the paddle correctly. Find more information on the paddle blades you have, position the blades correctly, adjust your grip on the shaft, and relax your hands on it. Now, read about the following four basic paddle strokes:
1. Forward Stroke
The Catch Stage involves winding your upper body and submerging your blade completely on one side of your watercraft close to your feet. The Power Stage involves turning your upper body as the blade goes behind you. Follow the blade going into the water with your eyes. In doing so, it will cause your upper body to move with the motion. Use your upper hand to push against the shaft as you move. The Release Stage involves slicing the blade from the water when your hand goes behind your hip.
2. Reverse Stroke
The reverse stroke is the forward stroke but in a backward motion.
3. Sweep Stroke
The Catch Stage involves extending your arms forward and submerging the blade near your feet to start. Start on the opposite side of the watercraft away from the way you want the kayak to turn. The Turn Stage involves sweeping the blade in a wide arch near the kayak’s stern. The Release Stage involves the blade approaching the hull behind you, followed by you slicing it from the water.
4. Draw Stroke
This stroke involves rotating the paddle in a horizontal direction, reaching out with the blade’s end to touch the water, using your lower hand to pull the blade near you, and stopping before the blade can hit the side of the kayak.
Practice these tips to kayak in the water effortlessly and remember to have fun. If you do not have a kayak dock, but you want one, contact EZ Dock Texas at 800-654-8168 for a quote. Contact us if you reside in Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico.