How to Get In and Out of a Kayak

Rod Jenkins kayak launch

It seems simple enough, but we often see people capsizing their kayaks due to poor form. We’re here to keep that from happening to you! One of the most important things to keep in mind is you must remain low and balanced. Like we’ve stated many times before, a low center of gravity is the most important part of preventing a tip.

Also, it’s important to make sure that you have control of your paddle at all times; there is nothing worse than launching your kayak just to see your paddle float away. It’s usually best to lay your paddle in the kayak before you launch out, this will keep you from compromising your center of gravity.

That being said, we’ve put together some simple tips for you, and we’ve also included a few videos from various professionals as visual aid. Enjoy!

Launching from the water

  1. When you’re pushing off from the water, it’s best to get one leg in your kayak and one leg to push off with.
  2. Both hands should be gripped on each side of the cock-pit with one of your hands also gripping the paddle.
  3. Step inside with one leg and gently push with the other leg.
  4. Pull your other leg in, sit, and use your paddle to push off with.
  5. You’re off!

Launching from the dock

  1. Untie your kayak while still gripping it tightly to keep it from floating away.
  2. Utilize the dock to steady your kayak while you step in one leg at a time.
  3. Lay your paddle on the dock until you’re completely inside the kayak.
  4. Settle in and retrieve your paddle from the dock.
  5. Push off, and you’re ready to kayak!

We hope this helps! It’s a simple process once you get the hang of it. Let us know if you have any other tips or tricks that might help!