How To Stand In A Kayak
|Spencer Jones casting for largemouth bass on Lake Monona.|
|Sight fishing beds during the spawn.|
2. Get Some Assistance- There is no shame in needing a little help to get on your feet. The first time I stood in a paddle driven vessel was in a hand me down canoe. It was very easy to stand up in that canoe when I was out on the water. It's not much bigger than my kayak so I figured standing in the Slayer would also be easy, I was wrong. The kayak was missing the thwart. I used the thwart (bar between the gunnels) to pull myself up. Many kayaks don't come with a stand up bar, but most can have one installed. Jackson, Harmony, NuCanoe, and even the Hobies have stand up bars that can be attached to the kayak. All you have to do is pull on the bar with your feet facing forward and suddenly, you're standing. They are one of those accessories that I believe are worth the investment. Not looking to spend a bunch of extra money for the ability to stand? Look into buying yourself a pull up strap. I use the one from Native Watercraft, but any strap will work. They are inexpensive and make a world of difference when getting on your feet from a seated position.
|Notice the stance, feet apart and head centered...stable.|
|So easy even a child can do it.|