I wanted to follow up on my previous post about fitness paddling to discuss some tips for making kayaking part of your daily routine. I feel that the biggest reason kayaking isn’t integrated into regular workouts is because the time it takes prep for a paddling outing but by streamlining the storage and launch processes, you can hopefully cut down the time it takes to get on the water.
Kayak or canoe storage can be the biggest hassle of paddling. After a long day of paddling I sometimes find myself dreading the take down of the boats when I get back home — I was just paddling all day, I’m ready to kick back and relax! Well, if you feel comfortable in your neighborhood, it can actually really speed things along if you leave your boat mounted on your car. We DO NOT recommend this for everyone but depending on your comfort level and the type of rack system that you have, leaving your boat on your car overnight for periods of time is something some people choose to do. If you do choose to do this, you should take great care. We offer a number of locks and tie downs that could come in handy which you can find here. If this is not an option for you, consider a quick load/unload hoist or garage rack system.
Once you’ve decided how to store your kayak or canoe, you should familiarize yourself with loading it on and off your car. After a couple of outings, you’ll do this naturally but it doesn’t hurt to practice. Mastering a quick loading technique can really speed up the time it takes before and after a paddling workout. Keep an eye out for our in-store seminar “Loading and Unloading a Kayak” for tips from our expert staff on how to do this quickly and properly. The seminars take place in Houston, Austin and San Marcos.
Finally, finding the perfect launch point for your paddling workouts is a must. Our Kayak Launch Points App should help you find what you are looking for. Ideally, you will be able to find a point that doesn’t require a long drive time but also allows you to back right up to the water so that you don’t have to lug your kayak very far before paddling. Boat ramps and designated kayak/canoe launch points are a great place for quick unloads.
These are just a few tips I could think of when it comes to fitness paddling, but if you have any pointers yourself, we would love to hear them! Just comment below. – Joseph @ACK