Common Kayaking Misconceptions (Part 1)

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When you book your trip with Dvorak more often than not people automatically go for the raft and hit the rapids. It’s a thrilling way to experience the great outdoors and no one will guide your down the Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho rivers like the DVK guides. Why not give white water kayaking a try next time you head out on your outdoor river adventures.

Our world class guides will teach you how to kayak in no time.

Our world class guides will teach you how to kayak in no time.

So You Think You Can’t Kayak!

Many people automatically assume that just because you are alone in the kayak that it is a million times harder than rafting. And if you’ve never done it before, your arms are probably tired just thinking about all the paddling you’ll have to do by yourself. Not to mention the risk of rolling over and never coming back up. These are the thoughts of someone who has never kayaked, because if you had kayaked you’d know that neither of those things is true. Let’s dispel some myths and see if we can’t get you to step out of the raft and into a kayak for your next Dvorak expedition.

A first time kayaker is only as good as their instructor, and DVK has the best instructors and outdoor guides in the US. It’s true. The first thing you have to know is that we would never push you into something that we think would put you in danger or sour your trip in any way. We’ll show you the best way to propel your kayak forward using your core, and not your arms to get you moving down the river. Rotating your body from side to side, pulling yourself towards the paddle is an easy maneuver that any beginner will master in minutes. It’s a lot easier than you think. And for you women, believe it or not, our natural low center of gravity and core strength will make this easier for you than the men. By using your core, you take a little pressure off of your arms and you’ll quickly travel great distances without making yourself (too) sore.

In fact, the smooth motion of kayaking also makes this mode of river transportation favorable to people who have back, knee, shoulder or other injuries. If you’re unsure, hit up an outdoor sporting goods store that has a kayak you can try sitting in. Go through a few paddling motions rotating your body from side to side and see how your body reacts. If you don’t feel your injury then you’re all cleared for kayaking.

As far as being isolated from your group, just because you are alone in your kayak, doesn’t mean you are alone on the river. We’re all in this together. It’s about creating memories and having fun, so trust us when we tell you that a trip down the river in a kayak testing your skills and braving the rapids can be just as rewarding as a rafting together in a group.

You'll have plenty of time to relax and take in the breathtaking surroundings as you kayak down the river with DVK.

You’ll have plenty of time to relax and take in the breathtaking surroundings as you kayak down the river with DVK.

Top rated rafting and kayaking expeditions in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming

We’re not here to pressure you into kayaking, but if you think you can’t because you’re out of shape or because you’ve never done it then you are wrong and we’d love to show you how much fun it can be to kayak the rivers of the great southwestern United States. For the best outdoor adventures and guides in the country, trust Dvorak Expeditions with your next rafting, kayaking, SUP, float, boat or canoe trip down the Colorado, Arkansas, North Platte, Salmon, San Miguel, Green and Dolores Rivers.

Stay tuned for part two where we talk about tipping over and living to tell about it.