learn to kayak in Belize

On our island in Belize we have all of the sport toys you can imagine: sea kayaks, surf kayaks, surf paddleboards, long distance paddleboards, beginner, intermediate and advanced windsurfers, fishing kayaks, surf boards, rolling kayaks, and kitesurf gear. It’s hard to say which sport is the favorite, but it might be sea kayaking. We use the kayaks to access snorkeling spots, and sea kayaks are very stable and do not tip over easily. Plus the water is 80 degrees. This is the perfect place to learn to kayak.

When you arrive on the island you get complete instruction in all sports. The sea kayaking orientation is the most comprehensive. We cover fitting the kayak to your body, operating the rudder, where to stow your snorkel gear on the deck of the boat, how to hold the paddle, forward, reverse, and turning strokes, getting in and out of the kayak for snorkeling, and rescuing your buddy if they in fact do tip over. This takes one full morning, and once you have completed this session, you and your buddy can paddle anytime you like as long as we give you the OK (occasionally we veto a plan if we feel it isn’t safe in current conditions).

Many of our guests try out many of our kayaks, we have 11 different types of boats, and report back to us that they went home and bought a kayak! Add sea kayaking to your sport repertoire this winter! This is the perfect place to learn sea kayaking.

Every week we teach a new group of guests how to kayak. We have been doing this a long time and we have a great system to get everyone on the water safely quite quickly. It’s a fantastic place to learn because the water is crystal clear and 82 degrees! Our guides are experts, the gear is professional grade, and in just a few hours you are ready to paddle out to a patch reef to go snorkeling out of the kayaks.

 

To start, the guide introduces sea kayaking on land, covering the kayak itself, and getting in and out of the boat.
To start, the guide introduces sea kayaking on land, covering the kayak itself, and getting in and out of the boat.

 

Next, paddlestrokes are covered.
Next, paddle strokes are covered.

 

Here the guide explains proper hand position on the paddle.
Here the guide explains proper hand position on the paddle.

 

On the final phase of the land lecture, the T-rescue is fully explained. We will each be doing a rescue in the water soon!
On the final phase of the land lecture, the T-rescue is fully explained. We will each be doing a rescue in the water soon!

 

Next, with the help of a guide, each person picks out the kayak that is best for them and adjusts the foot pegs to fit their height.
Next, with the help of a guide, each person picks out the kayak that is best for them and adjusts the foot pegs to fit their height.

 

Now that everyone has the paddle they will be using for the week, paddle strokes are re-explained.
Now that everyone has the paddle they will be using for the week, paddle strokes are re-explained.

 

Practicing paddle strokes before getting in the water.
Practicing paddle strokes before getting in the water.

 

The rest of the demos are in the water. Here the guide is demonstrating entering the kayak in shallow water.
The rest of the demos are in the water. Here the guide is demonstrating entering the kayak in shallow water.

 

Next both guides demonstrate the T-rescue in the water.
Next both guides demonstrate the T-rescue in the water.

 

...while everyone looks on.
…while everyone looks on.

 

The final demo is how to get back in the kayak unassisted. You need to know how to do this for snorkeling out of the kayaks, something we do every day!
The final demo is how to get back in the kayak unassisted. You need to know how to do this for snorkeling out of the kayaks, something we do every day!

 

Now everyone goes out into the water to practice paddle strokes and the T-rescue, which you see a group practicing here.
Now everyone goes out into the water to practice paddle strokes and the T-rescue, which you see a group practicing here.

 

It takes quite a kick to get back up on your kayak.
It takes quite a kick to get back up on your kayak.

 

A perfect T-rescue!
A perfect T-rescue!

 

Now you are ready to go snorkeling out of the kayaks!
Now you are ready to go snorkeling out of the kayaks!