I have decided to get into kayaking and would ideally like my wife to come kayaking with me. She wants to take up kayaking as well but she is a none swimmer or a very weak swimmer at best.
We won’t ever go sea kayaking and will only be going in lakes and lochs (flat water essentially) and will always be wearing PFD’s. We will also be buying sit-in touring kayaks which I am told are more stable and less prone to turning over.
So, my question is… Is it very stupid to do this with a none swimmer or just a little stupid?Posted 6 years ago
Even a non-swimmer will be able to make some progress wearing a PFD. I reckon that, as long as you keep an eye on conditions and distance from shore, you’ll be fine.
We have a couple of SoTs and regularly play around on them, jumping into the water, knocking each other off. It’s a good way of getting familiar and comfortable in the water and you may find that’s the encouragement she needs to improve her swimming.Posted 6 years agokayak23Subscriber
Stick near the shore in lakes and lochs. Canals and bimbling rivers will see you well too. Its a fantastic thing to get into.Posted 6 years ago
A touring boat without a spraydeck will be spot on I think. Wide cockpit and you’d have to be really trying to not get out in an emergency.
A pfd will be good enough for swimming providing its the correct rating for your/her weight.
I’d just avoid open water crossings etc if she can’t swim and perhaps look into joining a kayak club to meet folk of a similar disposition.
For more advice, try ukriversguidebook.co.uk forum. Friendly bunch.alaricMember
Life Jackets float you on your back with support under the neck to keep the airway open, and will go a long way to keeping an unconscious casualty alive.
PFD/Bouyancy Aid is just that, helps you to float. For a concious casualty they’re a lot easier to move around in in the water.
On the original question…all good advice above, also worth finding your local club, get a bit of tuition and a come and try it before spending a load of money!Posted 6 years agodaisy8Member
It’s not stupid at all. Take all the precautions one is advised to take – watch the weather, tell someone/or more where you are going, take your mobile phone along, etc, follow the other advice given here and enjoy your paddling!
One’s never too old to start anything.Posted 6 years agoswiss01Member
my other half can’t really swim, is scared of water and boats but went for sea kayak lessons with the sea kayak mob in oban and loved it. even if there was weeping. but aside from that they were great and she was well keen to do it again.
since then we’ve mainly been hitting the canadian and she’s had no worries. as for a sit on top – i have a wave ski and if anything it’s more unstable until you get used to it. i have mates who won’t paddle anything else as they have the capsize fear. me, i’d rather be in the boat and can’t understand this at all.
that said, after a lay off i like a wee lesson to (re)make me aware of the creases in my technique. which are many!Posted 6 years ago
The topic ‘Kayaking info’ is closed to new replies.