Sea Kayaking Tips for Beginners

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Do you want to try sea kayaking adventure? If you are a novice kayaker, there are few things that you need to keep in mind when you are planning to hit the sea. Sea kayaking is not as easy kayaking on lake or river, a lot of things that a kayaker needs to be careful about. Here are some tips that you need if you are planning a sea kayaking session with your friends or family.

Safety First

Kayaking is one of the safest sports, but there is a chance of accidents in all the activities that involve water. The ocean changes its face all the time and as a kayaker you need to be prepared for it. Here are a few things that you need while you are on the sea with your kayak.

I.    A life jacket is a must-have. So, wear a life jacket whenever you are doing sea kayaking.

II.    Always stay with a safe and swimmable distance to the shore.

III.    While heading out, don’t forget to check the water and air temper. Wear a dry or wetsuit because hypothermia can be a risk.

Know the strokes

Learn the basic strokes of kayaking in calm water. Use and learn the power of rotating the torso by using the upper body not only the arms. Get comfortable while you are turning or moving backward or forward.

Tips related to the sea

Kayaking on the sea can be a little harsh at times. This is why ocean or sea is not an ideal environment for the kayaker, but sea kayaking is exceptionally adventurous. So, if you want to start kayaking then start from the areas that are protected from waves, wind and strong currents.

I.    Stay close to the shore so in case of capsizing you can re-enter your boat.

II.    Tides change shoreline drastically. This is why it is essential to talk to locals to know about the best time of the day.

III.    Sea is very dynamic, and it can change within a few minutes. So, be prepared for it before going to the sea for kayaking.

Wear sunscreen

This is what most of the people forget, but this is a must-have. The sunlight over your head can be extreme. So, to get rid of skin burns and redness as well as protect the ski form the harmful effect of UV, always wear SP 50++ sunscreen during kayaking. It will make your kayaking experience much more pleasant.

Choose the sea kayak carefully

One of the most critical aspects is choosing the right kayak. A lot of people buy their kayak hastily and end up wasting their money. This is the reason; you need to be careful while purchasing a proper sea kayak. Check out the internet as there are plenty of kayaks suitable for sea are available.

These are some of the tips that you need to follow while hitting the sea with your kayak. Follow these tips and trust me, you will have the best kayak experience of your life.

How To Survive In The Wilderness

There’s a few things you need to do in order to survive in the wilderness. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Bear Grylls ‘Survival’ or similar you’ll know that it’s important to keep a cool head at all times. Here’s a great 8 step plan we found to ensure wilderness survival:

1. Find water. First things first, if you are stranded somewhere in a temperate wilderness during late morning, the worst case is that you do not know where you are. …
2. Make friends with trees. …
3. Cut some Basswood bark. …
4. Go mudding. …
5. Invite some friends. …
6. Make fire. …
7. Build a shelter. …
8. Stay conscious of the fire.

Source: Wikihow

Do you have any survival tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

Is Buying a Kayak expensive?

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You should prepare a decent budget if you want to start kayaking. It’s not as cheap as other watersports such as surfing or bodyboarding for instance in terms of equipment costs. These costs have been largely driven down in recent years by mass manufacturer and many competing brands. Kayak’s however are in a similar bracket to SUPs as they are of a more bulkier size and therefore material costs are higher.

So how much can I expect to pay for a kayak?

Typically kayak’s cost anything from $1,500 for a single man kayak or more than $2,000 for a double man kayak. Of course, you can always buy second hand if you’re looking to save a bit of cash. If you’re doing this be sure to check for holes and damange on both the exterior and interior.

Different Kayaks, Different Purposes

Of course, there’s different kayaks for different purposes. There are: touring, fishing, whitewater rapids, sea, sit-on-top, recreational and tandem kayaks. If you’re a beginner and just want to use the kayak for fun you should be looking at something that offers good stability. An inflatable kayak might be most suitable for you, if you want something that’s affordable and easy to get on with. Inflatable kayaks have actually been developed over the years, and the latest ones do the job very well.

Trusted Brands

There are few good, reputable brands to look out for when you come to buying your kayak. Pelican and Cobra. Wilderness Systems, Valley Kayaks and Seda produce quality sea touring and racing kayaks in a variety of styles. Liquid Logic, Dagger and Perception build superior whitewater boats.

Sources: https://www.weekendwarrior.net.au/choosing-kayak/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/128899-comparison-kayak-brands/

 

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Branded car signage in Sydney

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We’ve recently been looking for a company that offers branded vehicle signage for our business. We felt it was time that we gave our van a bit of a modern look and decided that a vehicle vinyl wrap was the way to go. You’ve probably seen these kinds of car wraps a gazillion times before, and not registered that they’re actually vehicle wraps. The technique is to apply a digital design that’s been printed out on a vinyl sheet with adhesive and which then gets applied to the vehicle through pressure usually from a squeegee.

This was the first time we’d ever considered getting any company branding done, so we were probably a little bit out of our depth at first. But then after a few Google searches, and watching a few YouTube videos we became a bit more familiar with the process. Certainly, some of the effects that could be achieved through car vinyl wraps were mind blowing.

After doing a bit of a research online, we soon came across a Sydney based company called Auto Artisan who offered very professional vehicle vinyl wraps and had worked with some great brands such as Formula One to do their livery. We made an enquiry via their website and a representative got back to us within 24 hours. We were very impressed with their catalogue of work and decided to get a quote from them.

In the meantime, we made some other enquiries to similar companies for the same required product, but we found that they either didn’t get back to us or their quotation was astronomical. For us it was a no-brainer to go with the aforementioned. Luke was very helpful and the team did a great job on making our van a mobile advertisement for our business. We shall definitely be using their car wrap service again.

FAQs

How fit do I need to be? 
Our double kayaks are extremely easy to paddle. Almost anybody can do it. Our guides are flexible to suit the needs of each group.

Do I need kayaking experience?
No, 90% of our customers have no kayaking experience. Basic skills instruction is provided at the start of each trip.

Are children welcome?
Yes. The minimum age is 8 and those under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. A 20% discount applies.

Which days can we go?
We operate 7 days a week, all year round. Minimum numbers apply. As each destination is seasonal, please check the tour dates for each destination.

What if I cancel last minute?
Money will be refunded only when cancellation time is more than 24 hours. Longer for multi-day tours.

What do we need to bring?
Swimsuit, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, sandals (will get wet) and drinking water.

What do you provide?
Double sea kayaks, life jackets, all safety gear, friendly, qualified guides, wrap hats, long sleeved sunshirts (except on 2 hour trips), snorkels, masks, fins, refreshments, and dry bags for cameras and other valuables.

What about the weather?
Occasionally very strong winds may force us to cancel the trip. In this event, customers will be fully refunded or rebooked on another trip.

How far do we travel by kayak in one day?
This is determined by weather conditions and levels of personal fitness. Anywhere between 6 and 12 km is average. The slower you go the more you see.