YOU CAN PADDLE? Who me? YES YOU!
Still undecided on whether paddling is for you?
Then it's time to join us on one of our demo days. These are great fun whilst meeting and mingling with other like minded people. No experience is required, so whether you're 7 or 70, an expert or novice, male or female, single, a couple, a family or group of friends, whether you'd like to take a slow paddle on a lake or river, a weekend touring expedition, a paddle out to sea or on a river for the catch of the day, or an exhilarating trip challenging rapids, we have the perfect paddle craft to enjoy the great outdoors with.
We hold demo days every 4 to 6 weeks as they have proved to be a most successful way of introducing people to the sport. We also offer private demos by appointment where we can meet you at a mutually convenient day and time.
We start the demo with a basic chat on how to paddle, how to get in and out of the boat and once you're in and going, how to control it. Then at your leisure, try out the different boats and see what suits you best.
Because of the diversity of kayaking and the requirements and sizes of paddlers there are many makes and models of kayaks. Like cars, there are many to choose from, some are small, some large, some short, some long, some are sporty, some utilitarian. Also like cars, you may be worried about investing your money without knowing for sure what you will get.
So, TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! Would you buy a car without a test drive? Why should a kayak be any different?
Identify your needs. The first thing to do is figure out what you would like to do with your kayak. Read our Buyers Guide to narrow down your options.
Once on the water, be ready to pay attention to how the kayak performs. The majority of recreation and touring kayaks, sit-in and sit-on have good stability though initially the first kayak you try may feel a bit tippy, however the more you paddle the more accustomed you’ll become to the feel of the kayak on the water. To get a feel for the different types of boats available try as many as possible, try a long kayak and compare it to a short kayak, try a sit-on-top and compare it to a sit-inside, paddle a single as well as trying a tandem. Paddle in a straight line, practise some turns, get used to the feel of the boat, compare the responsiveness of the different craft.
The features can play a big roll too. Does it have enough storage space to hold your stuff? Are there handles to make car topping easy? Can it be decked out for fishing? Is the kayak comfortable - seating in kayaks is most important as well as the ease of adjusting foot-pegs etc? You should also try to test load the potential kayak onto your car as this can be a challenge, however, there are techniques that will help greatly.
In addition to the canoe or kayak, the correct accessories; paddle, sprayskirt (if applicable) and PFD are important.
Paddle - It is important to have a paddle that is the right length, weight, feather, shaft circumference, and material for the paddlers size and type of kayak. The paddles are available to demo with the kayak at the demo day.
PFD (Personal Flotation Device, similar to a life-jacket, but more comfortable for kayak or canoe paddling). The PFD must be the correct sizing to ensure a correct, comfortable and snug fit for paddling a kayak. Put on the PFD you want to buy, zip it up, buckle the belt, and pull the adjustment straps until they are snug (ideally, the PFD should have a range of adjustability so that you can get a snug, but comfortable fit over a range of clothing, from a T-shirt to a jacket). Try some paddling motions to make sure the PFD doesn't chafe or impair your range of motion. Make sure the PFD does not ride to high up if someone pulls on the shoulder straps. It is important the PFD fits, it is not something to grow into! The PFD’s are normally tried out at Canoe & Kayak World.
We have knowledgeable staff and a large selection of carefully selected quality canoes and kayaks covering all the different paddling disciplines and accommodating all shapes and sizes of paddlers. Our staff offer professional advice and speak from experience and are able to offer unbiased recommendations and advice.
Contact Us and let us know what type of boat/s you're wanting to demo so we can make sure we have it with us and to confirm the date and venue.
We look forward to having you join us!