One of the most important things after learning how to kayak, is finding is someone to kayak with. Aside from the obvious safety reasons, a kayak partner will keep you motivated, and most of all, be a friend to share with you the joy of paddling.
Reflecting back to when I first began kayaking new destinations over 20 years ago, the fear of the unknown was high in the beginning, and so were the risks. I suppose you could say I was flying by the seat of my pants, relying mainly on my good physical condition, and common sense. I picked the smallest lakes in the beginning and the ones that weren’t as remote. Once I built up my experience and confidence I began to venture to destinations where I was frequently the only one there.
The further away I went, the more hooked I became on kayaking serene mountain retreats. Unfortunately, no one I knew liked to kayak, nor did I ever see another kayaker at any of the destinations I went to, up until a few years ago. Since then kayaking in California has taken off like a scared rabbit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean finding a partner will be any easier.
done a lot of solo paddling in my life time, mostly
because I couldn't convince anyone to go with me. They wanted to watch a football game,
and I wanted to go to kayaking. But even if you’re
lucky to find someone who wants to go kayaking with
you, there are still a number of dynamics that can
come into play, which can make it challenging, to
find a compatible partner for the following
When You Rise and Shine: Some people wake up at 4 a.m., while others like to sleep in. It is difficult to kayak/fish with someone if you don’t wake up at the same time. \
Availability: At the last minute, your partner learns he has to work. More than likely, when you're available, the other person is not.
Are you G.U.? (geographically undesirable)? A “G.U.” person is someone with whom you would like to kayak), but the fact that they live so far away is a problem.
Your Paddling Speed: Maybe your partner likes to paddle fast, while you'd rather glide along. If you don’t paddle at the same speed as your partner, one person is either struggling to keep up, or waiting for the other to catch up.
Similar Interests: Do you prefer to paddle
side-by-side and chat regularly, or would you rather
keep your distance and let the miles glide by in
silence? Or do you want to stop and take photos, and
your partner wants to paddle hard to get a good work
Distance: How many hours do you like to spend on the water? Do you enjoy paddling the same distance? If not, eventually the person who wants to paddle longer distances becomes bored, or the other person who tries to accommodate by paddling longer, becomes tired.
Location: You might prefer sea kayak fishing, whereas your partner enjoys kayak fishing a remote alpine setting.
Type of Kayak: Sit-on-top kayaks are easy to maneuver and are more stable than sit-in kayaks, but they do not slice through the water as fast as sit-in kayak models. Touring sit-in kayaks are longer and narrower than sit-on-top kayaks. They are designed to glide through the water, thus allowing you to travel faster and with less effort. A recreational kayak is for those who enjoy paddling lakes, harbors and bays, but not in the ocean on open waters.