First Time Buying An Inflatable Kayak. What Do I Need To Know? Paddle Outlet

Now that the summer weather is finally starting to kick in, all we can think of is those long days down on the water with family and friends. You want to add an inflatable kayak to your water toy collection, but if you have never owned a kayak of your own you have no idea where to start or what to look for. 

Look no further, we are here to help you make sure you make the most of your summer of fun out on the water! 

Inflatable kayaks, where do I start?

The first thing would be to decide on how invested you are in the sport. Inflatable kayaks vary hugely in price and quality, and you need to figure out how much use your new watercraft will get. If you plan on using it frequently, then spending a little more to get a higher quality kayak wouldn’t go amiss. 

What type of inflatable kayak do I need?

The big question is will you be using it solo, or tandem, or want the option of taking the whole family or your furry friend. Solo kayaks are great, easy to maneuver and usually lighter due to less kayak, as it only has to fit one person. Might we also say, more peaceful as it’s just you on your own. But if you would like a tandem option, then you can still use it solo, or with a friend, or even by adding an extra seat for a child. 

How hard are inflatable kayaks to pump up?

Not as hard as you would think. They do not take loads of time, and if you are worried, you can always get an electric pump. 

Do I need any special equipment to go kayaking as a beginner?

It is advised that you wear a flotation jacket while on the water for safety. Take precautions such as wearing sun protection if you are planning on being on the water for a long period of time, and stay hydrated. If the water is colder, then a wetsuit is advised should you capsize or come into difficulty. 

Where can I store my inflatable kayak?

The kayaks pack down into bags of varying sizes. Some that you can wear as a backpack, and some that you can roll like you would a suitcase. They will fit in the boot of your car, and also store away nicely in the garage, shed or even a cupboard. 

We hope that this has answered some of your questions if you are looking at getting an inflatable kayak for the first time. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch today, and our team of experts will be able to guide you through your options.

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