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How to Kayak for Beginners

There are plenty of reasons to get into kayaking. It can be a relaxing (or exhilarating) way to spend time in nature, it's a relatively affordable water sport, and it's amazing for your upper body. If you're sold on the idea and want to give it a try, there are a few kayaking basics you should know. Before you set out, read up on how to kayak for beginners.

If you're hesitant to buy anything just yet, know that many places offer rentals—so you can try out kayaking (or canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding!) before investing any $$$. (Just search Yelp, Google Maps, or TripOutside to see what's available near you.) The experts at the rental location will set you up with the right gear for your skill level, size, and the conditions you'll be paddling in.

That said, when it comes to gear, you won't need to cross off a lengthy checklist before making a casual kayaking expedition. You'll need a kayak, obviously. Choose from sit-on-top kayaks (which have a shelf-like seat for sitting) or sit-inside kayaks (which you sit within), both of which are available in one- or two-person models. Continue reading from Shape Magazine

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Link to Paddling Connecticut and Rhode Island: Southern New England's Best Paddling Routes by Jim Cole in the Catalog
Link to Canoeing: Outdoor Adventures edited by Pamela S. Dillon & Jeremy Oyen in the Catalog
Link to Quiet Water Maine:  AMC's Canoe and Kayak Guide by Alex Wilson in the Catalog
Link to Kayaking edited by Pamela S. Dillon & Jeremy Oyen in the Catalog
Link to Outdoors with Kids by Ethan Hipple in the Catalog