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.