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Ocean Kayaking Adventures: A Guide for New Kayakers

With thousands of miles of open waters to explore, jumping straight into ocean kayaking can be tempting. Plus, how hard can it be, right?

You are just paddling in a different body of water. But that’s not the case.

Ocean kayaking is more physically demanding than flat water kayaking. Plus, you need the right gear to follow safety protocols and re-learn kayaking basics.

This article will provide a detailed guide as you prepare for your first ocean kayaking adventure.

What Is Ocean Kayaking?

As its name implies, ocean kayaking involves paddling across large, open waters.

Unlike lake kayaking, where the surrounding mountains protect you from the wind and the water is relatively calm and flat, you will have to deal with other vessels, waves, tides or currents, and wind on the ocean.

This can be discouraging for some, but many kayakers paddle in the ocean for leisure, sport, exploration, experience, and fishing.

What You'll Need for Ocean Paddling

Before embarking on a kayaking trip, you’ll need proper ocean kayaking gear.

Kayak Ocean kayaks are typically between 28″ to 34.5″ wide. The wider width allows better stability in the water and room for you to sit in or sit on the kayak comfortably.

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