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Oct 20 2011

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Kayaking 101: To Tandem, Or Not To Tandem?

By TONY CROUCH
Special to the Parade

Kayaking 101Tandem kayaks are great for those couples who want to get out together and experience something new, they are also very nice for those buddies who want to head out and hit that fishing spot together, but in the not so perfect world we live in, some couples just can’t seem to get it, maybe it’s the going around in circles that makes them dizzy and cranky. Now, being that I also have tandem kayaks in my rental fleet, I have seen my share of couples out there that should be on single kayaks. Yes, that’s right. It’s like seeing an episode of Star Wars where two Jedi knights are battling it out with their light sabers, and yes, there is always that who that wins. Now, venturing out on a tandem can be very pleasing if the couple follows that one golden rule: communication.

Yeah, that’s right – the simple form of talking to each other. Easier said than done, right? The person in front is the one that sets the pace, since the other person is directly behind them, they should just keep up a nice comfy pace for the other person to follow. Now, keep in mind if at any time it seems to get really hard to paddle and you feel like you’re the only one paddling… well, take a peek behind you just to make sure that the other person didn’t decide to take a break to do some tanning. Now, turning your kayak should be communicated to the other person so they will be prepared to follow your pace. After a while, you’ll see that kayaking together will be so much smoother. Any questions just stop on by any time and I’ll be glad to help you.

As always, stay safe, leave your light sabers at home, always wear your P.F.D., and test your whistle every now and then. See you out on the water. For questions or comments on our stories, or to just let us know of a specific item you would like to see us cover, please place your replies on our Facebook page, U.B. Captain, or email us at ubcaptainkayaks@yahoo.com.

Editor’s Note: Tony Crouch is a Certified Kayak Instructor and holds classes at U.B. Captain Kayaks, 5009 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX. For more information, call (956)-761-1669 or look him up on Facebook at U.B. Captain.

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