How old should my child be to kayak?

Kayaking is an excellent choice for children as it promotes physical activity, encourages a love for nature, and provides an exciting adventure the whole family can enjoy. 

 But how will I know when my child is ready to start kayaking?

The answer to this question is not straightforward as it depends on various factors such as the child's size, experience, and the water conditions. In general, children can start kayaking from the age of four.

However, before taking your child kayaking, there are some important factors to consider...

First and foremost, your child should feel comfortable wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) while kayaking. PFDs are the best way to keep your child safe while boating and they are required to be worn by children under the age of 13 in most states. It is vitally important that you choose a US Coast Guard approved PFD that is the right size for your child and that you ensure it is fastened correctly and securely. For more information on PFDs check the safety resources we have gathered for your use here.

Secondly,

it is crucial to ensure that your child is comfortable in and around the water. Children who have not had prior exposure to water may be hesitant or frightened to get into a kayak. Before introducing your child to kayaking, it is essential to build their water confidence gradually. Start by having them play in shallow water, holding their hands and letting them splash around. Swimming lessons are strongly encouraged before children start to kayak. Knowing how to swim will keep everyone involved safer and more comfortable. Plus, it will make it much easier for your child to climb back into their kayak if they fall (or jump!) out.

In addition to swimming lessons, it is a good idea to teach children about kayaking safety and technique such as how to paddle, turn, and stop the kayak, and what to do if they fall out of the kayak. You should consider enrolling your child in a kayaking camp or class, where they can learn from experienced instructors plus meet other kids who enjoy kayaking!

Another important factor to consider is the type of kayak. Children should start with a kayak that is stable, easy to maneuver, and can accommodate their size. The Evrwild Water Bear Kids Kayak is an excellent choice for beginners. As a sit-on-top kayak, it is extra stable and easy to get in and out of - plus we designed every detail of the Water Bear kids' kayak specifically for children - footrests that fit kids 4 years old and up, a padded non-slip seat, and an easy to reach paddle rest are just a few of the features that will enable your child to have an amazing time on the water.

Finally, it is important to choose a calm, shallow body of water for your child's first kayaking experience. We advise that you avoid areas with strong currents, waves or lots of boating traffic while kayaking with children. Check the weather before heading out - never paddle in strong winds or in stormy weather. Only kayak when water and air temperatures are warm enough to avoid the risk of hypothermia. For more information on safe air and water temperatures see safety resources here.

Kayaking with kids can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience for both you and your child. By following these tips to learn when they are ready, kayaking together will be a fun and exciting adventure that you and your child will love and remember for years to come.

To Sum Up -

  • Always wear a properly fitting US Coast Guard approved PFD.
  • Take steps from an early age to help your child feel comfortable in and around the water.
  • Enroll in swimming lessons and consider taking kayaking lessons from a certified instructor.
  • For the best fit choose a kayak that is designed exclusively for kids!
  • Pick a calm shallow body of water for young kids and beginners. 
  • Check weather conditions before you head out - never paddle in bad weather. 
  • Have Fun! 
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No matter what age - kayaking can be an exciting and unforgettable adventure for both you and your child. With help from our guide you can easily plan a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved!