When the sun is out and the weather’s warm, getting out on the lake is a terrific way to spend the afternoon. Kayaking with family is a great choice if you’re looking for a water sport that’s accessible enough for kids without being too challenging.
If it’s your family’s first time kayaking, it’s best to stick with calm waters. Lakes are ideal for this because they’re easier to navigate and offer safer conditions for beginners compared to ocean or river kayaking.
To make sure your Waitts Lake kayaking trip is a success, here are 3 things to consider as you plan your trip.
What Type Of Kayak Should You Use?
The two most common types of kayaks are sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks. When kayaking with family, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each.
Sit-in kayaks have an enclosed cockpit that covers the legs completely, and is generally best for kids that already have kayaking experience. Sit-on-top kayaks are much easier to get in and out of, especially for beginners.
They’re also less restrictive than sit-ins and make it easy for kids to jump in the lake for a brief swim. It’s generally advised for children under 8 years old to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Parents should always be sitting in the rear of the kayak in order to control steering.
Essentials For Kayaking With Family
Any water sport requires careful planning, and kayaking is no exception. When kayaking with family, check these items off your list before hitting the water:
PFDs (Personal Flotation Device)
Every child under 12 years old is required by Washington state law to wear a life jacket at all times when out on the water. Make sure it fits snugly and is the appropriate size for their age and weight.
First Aid Kit
It’s always wise to be prepared for the unexpected, and bringing along a first aid kit will give you peace of mind. Check that it’s fully stocked with all the basics: Band-Aids, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, antiseptic wipes, etc.
Lines & Floats
Line and float bags can come in handy if you need to tow a worn out younger paddler behind you. Lines that come with a flotation device are also critical for rescue scenarios. Make sure every adult has access to tow lines and a flotation device.
It’s always a good idea to discuss the ground rules ahead of time when planning a water activity. This will make sure everyone is on the same page. Some important rules to establish when kayaking with family include things like no standing in the kayak and keeping life jackets on at all times.
You’ll also want to discuss the proper use of kayak paddles. Emphasize that paddles should only be used for paddling; swinging them around in the air is not allowed.
Kayaking With Family At Waitts Lake RV Resort
Looking for the perfect place to take your family for a summer lake vacation? Waitts Lake RV Resort has everything you need to create cherished family memories. Stay in one of our spacious lakefront cabins or RV spots that provide easy access to the lake. Take the kids kayaking during the day, then make s’mores around the fire pit at night. With a lake size of over 460 acres, there’s plenty of space for exploring and spending hours out on the water. Don’t wait; book your spot today!
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