Last year we bought a kayak with all the needed accessories: life jackets for us and for the dog and special shoes. As it was a very busy and energy-draining year, we didn’t get the chance to use it. So, this year we’ve sailed at sea for the very first time. We didn’t take the dog with us and that was a wise choice because, it might sound crazy, we don’t have any experience in kayaking (or any other form of sailing).
Well, the weather was nice, the sun was shinning and we left the house at 4, after we finished our work for the day. In 30 minutes we arrived at Formby beach and we’ve started inflating the kayak, it took less than 10 minutes.
This is a “before” picture, while I was still thinking my hair will not get all wet and that we can paddle along in a calm way. I had no idea that by the end of the hour I’m going to look like the kayak capsized without actually capsizing.
In a few minutes we understood why it was recommended to start with some lessons or at least a gentle stream… is brutal. If you fancy kayaking I would recommend a gentle stream or a wave-free lake. I would also recommend a special sports camera, as we had. I’m going to review it after I use it a little more.
Paddling in the sea was similar with a ride on the river rapids at a theme park, scary in a good way. We both loved it a lot. It was amazing! I made a small video, too.
This was my first experience. As I said, I loved it. I want to go kayaking at least another time before we can take the dog with us. I will search for new places to sail with the kayak, like rivers and lakes as it would be a totally different experience.
On our way back to the car I heard a conversation between a boy and his father. The boy asked “What is that?”, his father replied that is a kayak, so the boy said excited: “I want one of those”. It was so funny that he asked before saying he wants one.