Learning to Kayak
Some people choose to watch and read tutorials and get out there in the open water themselves.
If you are choosing this method, be sure you are a confident swimmer, start in calm waters in good weather conditions (see below) and have all the essential equipment listed above.
I would highly suggest taking your first kayaking excursion on a lake or a very calm rapid-less river. I would not start on a river with rapids or with sea kayaking.
For more information and guidance on how to kayak, see this kayaking guide.
Many first-timers will kayak with a group of friends who have experience on the water.
If you aren’t keen on hitting the waters on your own and don’t have any friends to help, you can take kayaking lessons. These lessons will help with everything from getting into the kayak, what to do if you tip over, and how to paddle effectively.
This enables you to feel confident and safe in the water before going at it alone. If you aren’t sure how to kayak, it isn’t advised to kayak with another beginner.
Two wrongs don’t make a right, folks.