San Diego kayaking for beginners

Kayaking for Beginners

San Diego kayaking for beginners

Kayaking for Beginners

By Mike Samer I Co-Founder

By Mike Samer I Co-Founder

Kayaking in La Jolla can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first time! The nice thing about exploring the La Jolla Sea Caves however is that we have tour guides ready to make this trip a breeze! Here's some kayaking tips for beginners:

Kayaking in La Jolla can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first time! The nice thing about exploring the La Jolla Sea Caves however is that we have tour guides ready to make this trip a breeze! Here's some kayaking tips for beginners:

Holding your paddle correctly:

Hands should be shoulder-width or wider apart with an overhand grip. Don't T-Rex! Keep your arms fully extended away from the body. There are two sides to the paddle: Scoop and Spine. When paddling forward keep the scoop side of the paddle facing towards you. When paddling backward have the spine facing towards you.

Don't just pull the paddle or you will tire out your shoulders very quickly. When pulling the paddle side in the water towards you, focus also on pushing the paddle side out of the water away from your body. This will help ensure you are using multiple muscle groups instead of making your shoulders do all the work.

When paddling, remember to twist your torso into the movement. This will help maintain your center of gravity, produce more efficient strokes and utilize more of your body.

Holding your paddle correctly:

Hands should be shoulder-width or wider apart with an overhand grip. Don't T-Rex! Keep your arms fully extended away from the body. There are two sides to the paddle: Scoop and Spine. When paddling forward keep the scoop side of the paddle facing towards you. When paddling backward have the spine facing towards you.

Don't just pull the paddle or you will tire out your shoulders very quickly. When pulling the paddle side in the water towards you, focus also on pushing the paddle side out of the water away from your body. This will help ensure you are using multiple muscle groups instead of making your shoulders do all the work.

When paddling, remember to twist your torso into the movement. This will help maintain your center of gravity, produce more efficient strokes and utilize more of your body.

Holding your paddle correctly:

Hands should be shoulder-width or wider apart with an overhand grip. Don't T-Rex! Keep your arms fully extended away from the body. There are two sides to the paddle: Scoop and Spine. When paddling forward keep the scoop side of the paddle facing towards you. When paddling backward have the spine facing towards you.

Don't just pull the paddle or you will tire out your shoulders very quickly. When pulling the paddle side in the water towards you, focus also on pushing the paddle side out of the water away from your body. This will help ensure you are using multiple muscle groups instead of making your shoulders do all the work.

When paddling, remember to twist your torso into the movement. This will help maintain your center of gravity, produce more efficient strokes and utilize more of your body.

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san diego kayaking in la jolla
la jolla sea cave kayaking tour
san diego kayaking in la jolla

Getting in & out of the kayak once

you're in the water:

This is much easier than you think! The best way to get back in is to reach across to the far side of the kayak, pulling your body across the kayak until your belly is over the middle, and then pull yourself in. Remember to scissor kick with your legs while you are pulling yourself in. Once your belly is over the middle, simply roll over. Now your rump is in the kayak and you can easily swivel your legs in. When you're out in the water and you want to get out of your kayak, I recommend backflips.

Getting in & out of the kayak once

you're in the water:

This is much easier than you think! The best way to get back in is to reach across to the far side of the kayak, pulling your body across the kayak until your belly is over the middle, and then pull yourself in. Remember to scissor kick with your legs while you are pulling yourself in. Once your belly is over the middle, simply roll over. Now your rump is in the kayak and you can easily swivel your legs in. When you're out in the water and you want to get out of your kayak, I recommend backflips.

la jolla sea cave kayaking tour
la jolla sea cave kayaking tour

What to bring:

If it's not waterproof, don't bring it! Always wear a PFD (personal flotation device) like a life-jacket. Small snacks and bottles of water are great so long as you don't lose them in the water. Keep our waters clean by keeping track of your trash. Waterproof cameras are amazing and what's better than underwater selfies??

Have fun!

Don't worry about your skill level or others around you. Kayaking is one of those great activities that nearly everyone can enjoy regardless of how much experience they have.

What to bring:

If it's not waterproof, don't bring it! Always wear a PFD (personal flotation device) like a life-jacket. Small snacks and bottles of water are great so long as you don't lose them in the water. Keep our waters clean by keeping track of your trash. Waterproof cameras are amazing and what's better than underwater selfies??

Have fun!

Don't worry about your skill level or others around you. Kayaking is one of those great activities that nearly everyone can enjoy regardless of how much experience they have.

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