Quite high on my “things to try/do after uni” list is kayaking.
So Saturday we had finally booked in for a 3-hour free introduction session at Sydney Harbour Kayaks by the Spit Bridge.
If you don’t have your own kayak it’s $50 to rent a kayak. There’s a limit of 8 participants for each session, which makes sure that the instructor is able to tend to each student.
We couldn’t have picked a better day! The weather was absolutely beautiful and the water completely calm.
We were guided to how to “enter” the kayak, which didn’t quite work for me. So, as the only participant, I ended up sitting in (a little more than) ankle high water; well at least then I was wet and didn’t have to dread too much falling in later. Which thankfully didn’t happen, and Brent got a good laugh.
I finally managed to get in, with a little help, and was quite surprised how much balance one actually need to keep from not wriggling too much from side to side. I don’t know what I had expected really – it is quite a narrow thing after all.
We started out with a basic introduction to paddling techniques to move forward as well as turning, staying relatively close to the beach, before we ventured across the Harbour to Clontarf Beach, where we got to try a few different entry/exit techniques and how to “side-park” the kayak, not to forget: stretching our legs a little.
By the time we had made it back across the water to the Spit Bridge side of the Harbour, our time was up and it was time to have a shower, get changed and head out for lunch, which we enjoyed with the beautiful Harbour as a backdrop from the Skiffies terrace – and then home for a well deserved rest on the lounge with Coco.
We will definitely try this again, and eventually do the course that teaches you to do the Eskimo roll, but I might have to build up a bit of courage first!
Unfortunately I didn’t dare bringing my phone or a camera for fear of dropping it in the water, so I only have a a couple photos from afterwards.