An easy-to-learn outdoor hobby and sport, kayaking helps us experience nature like no other. It can take us on an adventure of a lifetime while paddling through the waters and enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding land.
Aside from being an avenue for exercise and sightseeing, one of the best parts about kayaking is that it can be done on your own, or with a friend or group. If you’re a highly social person who wants to paddle and enjoy nature with your favorite person, then tandem kayaking might be for you.
What is a Tandem Kayak?
The tandem kayak is one among the many types of kayaks, but it’s unique in that it’s designed for two paddlers, as the “tandem” in its name suggests. A tandem kayak is around 18 to 24 feet long and broader than a solo kayak. Also called double kayaks, some designs allow one passenger and another person to paddle and steer. On the other hand, some are used by single paddlers for increased stability and storage space.
Tandem kayaks, however, are mainly designed for two people to paddle simultaneously. It takes a little getting used to, but once you and your companion have mastered stroke synchronization, you can travel far and safely enjoy a tranquil getaway.
The Benefits of Tandem Kayaking
Tandem kayaking has unique charms that set it apart from other forms of kayaking. Here are five reasons why you should try tandem kayaking:
1. It’s Great for Beginners
As a kayaking newbie, you might feel intimidated by paddling by yourself in a single kayak. Still nervous about going solo? One of the many advantages of tandem kayaking is that you can learn with someone and get the help you need if your arms tire too quickly.
Take a kayaking tour with a trusted guide who can give you expert advice on the correct paddling form. Beginner kayakers should sit at the front, with the more experienced and confident paddler at the back. The rear paddler's job is to course-correct in case the kayak moves in the wrong direction. You can switch places for more thorough practice once you learn new paddling strokes and techniques.
2. It’s Wider, Safer, and More Stable
Tandem kayaking doesn't always equate to a faster journey, but it's more stable than a narrower solo kayak. Although there are bigger solo kayaks, double kayaks are still wider, so the chances of capsizing are significantly reduced. Moreover, tipping over is less likely to occur since you have a friend who can help you balance the boat.
When it comes to kayaking, bigger doesn't always mean slower. Tandem kayaks are longer and more aerodynamic. This means they can traverse the water with less resistance and they're easier to paddle.
Additionally, due to its bigger storage space, it's also heavier so it’s more stable while in the water. Unexpected situations may still arise, though. But with a group of friends, everything will be more manageable.
3. There is Plenty of Storage Space
Are you thinking of going on an extended fishing, camping, or kayaking trip? Then, make double kayaking a part of your thrilling outdoor activities. Since you’re planning a multi-day or hours-long adventure, the extra room will be so useful for you. You can even save it as a safe space for an adventurous pet!
Some single kayaks offer a bigger storage capacity but not enough to accommodate camping chairs, sleeping bags, tents, a large backpack, and other outdoor gear. So, even if you just booked a few hours of the tour alone, eager to meet new friends from the group, a double kayak is still the best choice to keep all of your things secure.
4. It’s a Perfect Activity for the Entire Family, Even the Kids
Tandem kayaking is a safe and exciting activity everyone in the family can participate in, even the children. Start them young! Get your kids, nieces, and nephews life jackets, and let them sit at the cockpit of a double kayak.
Kids as young as four to eight years old can tag along as long as they can sit properly at the front of the boat. If they’re still a bit small yet eager to join, position them between your legs. However, make sure that there's one experienced paddler around before taking any child with you. Ideally, there must be one seasoned kayaked for each youngster.
5. It Lets You Meet New Friends
There’s a big difference between solo kayaking with a large group and tandem kayaking. The latter requires coordination and synchronization, making it a challenging social activity for both experienced and newbie paddlers. Without teamwork, a double kayak can be hard to maneuver.
Even as a solo traveler, you can double kayak and practice with people from your tour group. Tandem kayaking is a fantastic way to meet new people and nurture budding friendships. Furthermore, you can build more patience and toughen your arm muscles as you improve communication and strengthen the bond between you and your new friend.
Try a Tandem Kayaking Tour Today
Tandem kayaking is a stress-reducing social activity that you can try anytime you want, thanks to affordable tour packages that will show and educate you about spectacular sceneries.
Book a guided kayak tour today and rent a double kayak. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and learn from amazing people, one paddle stroke at a time!