Kayaking is one of our favorite activities here on Hilton Head Island. Sure, golf, tennis and the beach get all the press, but heading out for a peaceful kayak on the lagoon is a great activity that just can’t be beat. From the outstanding upper body exercise to the quieting of the mind it offers, you’ve got to give kayaking in Hilton Head a try. Here are 10 fun facts about kayaking:
1) Choose from a single or double kayak – Need some alone time? Choose a single kayak. Want the family to come along for an adventure? Choose a double! Doubles, or tandems, can be a great choice, especially with little kids who may need some help with paddle technique.
2) Kayaking is easy – Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never kayaked. It’s extremely easy to learn and anyone can do it. You just need a few simple techniques, and within a few minutes, you’ll feel comfortable as can be.
3) It’s great exercise – Need an upper body workout? Kayaking will do it. But don’t worry that you’ll tire out if you’re not in shape. Just take a break whenever you need one. And, remember, you’re not in a hurry!
4) You can fish from a kayak – We have kayak rentals that have secure fishing rod holders for catching a big one! Our lagoon is loaded with fish, so combine kayaking and fishing for a wonderful outing.
5) You’re not likely to flip over – Some people worry they will flip over in a kayak. They are in fact quite steady, and unless you really rock them, you should stay perfectly dry!
6) They trace back to the Inuits – The Inuits were the first people believed to use a kayak for traversing icy waters to hunt fish and seals.
7) There are two types of paddles – Kayaks can be used with two kinds of paddles: asymmetric and symmetric. Symmetric paddles are symmetric at both ends and can be used to paddle either way. Asymmetric paddles are generally used for racing with one side having a curve.
8) Kayaks can be used on all types of water – This includes lagoons (like ours), lakes, creeks, rivers and oceans.
9) They’re perfect for exploring nature – Only in a kayak can you navigate into tight spots and inlets to get an up close view of wildlife and nature in the most remote places.
10) Kayaking is an Olympic sport – If you really like kayaking, keep practicing, maybe you’ll make it into the Olympics. Kayaking officially became an Olympic sport in 1936.
What else would you like to know about kayaking? Shout out and we’ll try and answer.