1. Dress for the water not the weather.

Although appropriate clothing choices depend on the location, take into consideration the water temperature rather than the air temperature. If your kayak tips over, you’ll learn very quickly how important it is to plan for water temperature. Layers of quick-dry clothing are ideal, and hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are highly recommended. For footwear, wear sturdy, strap-on sandals or water shoes. If you don’t know where to start, Half Hitch has some excellent kayaking gear and clothing to fit your needs. 

IMG 18272. Select the boat appropriate for your kayaking experience.

Half Hitch has high-quality vessels of different sizes, including one and two person kayaks that average 10’ to 14’ length. The difference is for a good reason. Once you’ve chosen the right boat, you can easily paddle around our waterways with the boat that best fits your needs for the adventure. 

3.  Know how to rescue yourself and others.

While you should always wear a life jacket, capsizing is unlikely on the calm waters, but it can be very possible on the rough waters here in the emerald coast of Florida. It’s best to be prepared. Half Hitch pro Dave Posey can provide safety tips and rescue gear like life vests, and pumps (in case the kayak fills with water) which allow a kayaker to re-enter the boat after a capsize.