How to Carry your Kayak?

If you are a beginner in Kayaking and you just bought your very first complete kayaking gear and equipment and learned the basics, its start to paddle your way to mastery! However, you’ve probably heard something about kayaks being hard to carry and such and it’s true. Kayaks can be hard to lift and carry from place to place, especially from getting it from your closet to your van and carrying it from your van to the sea or body of water. Usually, three people are required to carry a kayak. But if you’re hardcore and wanted to master kayaking inside out, then you also need to master how to carry it alone. Yes, it’s possible to carry it alone, though it will require you to have enough physical strength. If you want to build physical strength, this is also one of the best for you.

Lifting and Carrying

Recreational Kayaks can weigh between 40 to 80 lbs., some even reaching more than a hundred. Kayaks that are designed for recreational purposes tend to be smaller and lighter while sea kayaks tend to be heavier. In order to carry a recreational kayak, you just have to follow the following steps:

  • Kayak on the ground, stand in front of it and its edge against your shins with the cockpit facing out.
  • Bend your knees; place both of your hands of the edge of the cockpit closest to your chest.
  • Slid it up to thigh height while keeping your both knees bent.
  • Once the kayak is resting on your thighs, grasp the opposite side of the cockpit rim with your right hand.
  • Lift the right side of the cockpit rim as your stand up onto your shoulder.
  • Position the kayak comfortably on your shoulder and make sure that it’s balanced and you can walk without the boat hitting the ground at either end.

Tips for Carrying Your Kayak

  1. Bend your knees not your waist when lifting your kayak in order to lift it without harming your back. This is true not only for lifting your kayak, but also for lifting any heavy weight.
  2. Use your lifejacket when carrying the kayak, because the shoulder strap will provide cushioning for your shoulder to protect it.
  3. You can pick up your kayak easier to carry if you pick it up with the bow facing forward.

Other Ways to Carry your Kayak

That being said, if you really struggle carrying your kayak, then you might want to try using other ways to carry your kayak. One of the easiest and fastest way to do it is to use buddy carrying, where you’ll ask a buddy to help you carry your kayak out to the sea or body of water.

Kayaking – What you need to know before Going

If you didn’t have kayak before, then you must understand that there are certain things that you need to understand before setting out to the waters. By understanding these things, you will be able to avoid any injuries at all. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start!


The first thing you need to have before starting is… wait for it… a kayak! This is a pretty shocking thing to know, eh? Okay, let’s get back to our topic. Before we discuss kayak’s details, you have to understand that it can be hard to carry and it usually requires up to three people to get it from place to place. We will tackle more about that in another post.

A kayak can be priced between $250 to more than $4000 depending upon the materials used. There are also kayaks built for a specific environment such as whitewater kayaks, surf kayaks, racing kayaks, sea kayaks and recreational kayaks.

Different kinds of kayak have different size, shape, design, materials, etc. For example, sea kayaks often have longer bodies so that they can cover longer distance and whitewater kayaks are made of high impact plastic so that they won’t tear while bouncing off rocks.

Kayak Paddles

If you want distinguish kayak from canoeing, it is the paddle. Canoes uses single bladed paddles while kayaks use two-bladed paddles. There are different things that you’ll need to consider when choosing a paddle. If you are going to buy a paddle, you’re going to consider your stature, the size of the kayak and stroking preferences. If you are taller, then a longer paddle is perfect for you and if you’re shorter, you will want a shorter, lighter paddle.

A wider blade paddle will allow you to accelerate faster but you will have to overcome more resistance, but this is a great way to build strength. Narrower blade paddle requires less effort but you’ll require more strokes.

There are also flat and curved blades. Flat blades are cheaper but curved blades makes strokes more powerful. There are also feathered blades that cut down wind resistance. Finding the right paddle requires trying them out to make sure that you get the best ones. Asking the store staff, which are usually knowledgeable can help you find the best paddle.

Safety Equipment

Getting a life vest even on a calm water is an important investment. Usually, the US Coast Guard Type III personal floatation device is used in kayaking. The reason behind this is that because they are lightweight and comfortable. They will also allow you wider arm rotations because of their large arm openings and they have a shorter waist for comfort. If you are going to be kayaking in rough water with rocky obstacle, be sure to wear helmets.