Thursday 5 August 2021
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Carrying a Kayak

Every time you go kayaking you will need to carry your boat so its good to learn a safe and effective technique. Todays boats are lighter than ever so with the right technique you will find they are relatively day to carry. However they are still big and heavy so you still need to be careful. Theres no fun having to miss out on some great days boating because you hurt your back by lifting wrong.

Recreational, touring, and sea kayaks can be too heavy for one person to carry, especially when loaded down with gear. An empty boat should always be carried by a minimum of two people. A boat loaded with equipment should be carried by no less than four.

How to carry a Kayak

Use a good lifting technique. Keep your back straight, bend your legs, and keep your chin up.

For an unloaded kayak, one person can carry from the bow and another from the stern.

Be aware that grab handles will weaken with use and can break over time. By keeping one hand on the grab handle and another under the boat you will be able to get the necessary support and be ready for if the handle breaks.

A loaded kayak should always be carried by at least four people. One person at the bow and stern with a hand under the boat and one carrying from each side of the cockpit.


Top Tips

Big boats are heavy so buddy up and keep your back safe.

If your carrying along way make sure you regularly switch carrying sides.

Don’t forget about you rudders. These can break easily so make sure they are secured before moving the kayak.