First, choose your weapon - sit on top or sit inside?
Sit-on-top kayaks are brilliant for beginners as they are wider than traditional sit-in kayaks. The reason it’s so great is that the wider frame offers extra stability - they do need a bit more effort to paddle, but if you’re kayaking for the first time or just starting out, that’s a decent trade-off for the reassurance of a bigger vessel.
As the name suggests, with sit-in kayaks, you sit inside the boat. This makes it slightly easier to manoeuvre as you can use the pressure created by your knees to help change direction. In turn, you’re able to go faster with extra agility – that said, kayaking isn’t always about speed, so try out various kayaks and see which type you prefer! When you’re starting out, specifying which type of kayak you’d like to use is doubtful – it may well be that the only kayaks available for hire are sit-ins – nevertheless, you’ll now be able to make that choice should both be an option.