After moving to Canada last year, my life has taken a drastic turn. I have actively started participating in things that were completely out of my comfort zone. I feel fortunate to have experienced and continue to experience so many of my ‘life’s firsts’ here. Here’s another thing I did for the first time, a few weeks ago – River Kayaking. It doesn’t sound like much of a big deal but it is a memory that I’ll cherish forever.
So on the second day of my trip to Collingwood, I went river kayaking in Wasaga. I booked the experience online through Free Spirit Tours. As mentioned, this was my first attempt at kayaking and surprisingly, I felt more confident than nervous about it. 😎 Well, half the confidence was due to the fact that I can swim and even if I fail at kayaking I was surely not going to drown. Before getting into the river the operators of Free Spirit Tours gave a proper demonstration of what to do and what not to do and after a few minutes into the river, I got a hang of how to do it.
Here are a few things that I would like to share which helped me ride on a kayak with ease and comfort.
Pay Attention 🧐
Pay careful attention to all the instructions given by tour operators or guides. They know the pros and cons of the materials/kayaks they are providing you. During a difficulty, I tried to recall if the instructor had mentioned anything about it and then acted accordingly. IT HELPED.
Watch Tutorial Videos 🖥
YouTube has turned into a source to learn everything and a day before my trip, I went through a couple of tutorial videos on YouTube. They break down each and every step of the process and also cover things like what to do in case you get stuck in difficult situations.
Get Comfortable 🩳
It’s extremely important to be comfortable once you are inside the kayak. Not moving your body much and keeping yourself stiff could come handy. As you need to move your upper torso to paddle, practicing the action in the air first could help. Also, understand the water current and practice your strokes accordingly. If you are travelling in the direction opposite to that of the current then you may need to apply extra force. 🚣♀️
Don’t doubt yourself 🙅🏼♂️
Get into it with a positive state of mind. Some of my friends struggled through it because they kept thinking about falling into the water or crashing somewhere. After all, its a sport to be enjoyed. Just go with the ‘flow’ and enjoy. 🙂
Here’s a small video of my trip. 🎬
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