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Sit On Kayaks

The first big choice in kayaking is whether you want a sit on top kayak or a sit in kayak.

SOTs as they are commonly known are not just beach toys. A SOT is a style of boat of which there is a huge spectrum of costs, brands, and capabilities within the range. Some are great for family's playing at the beach, some are particularly sea worthy craft capable of covering large distances and others are specifically rigged for activities such as kayak fishing.

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As you can see the boat has a number of holes that run through it and allows the boat to drain rather than swamp if a wave comes over the side or to let out water dripping from your paddles or even very heavy rain. Once you have flipped your kayak back round the boat is empty and ready to go again.

In terms of recreational kayaks there is just as much choice in a SOT as there is in a Sit in.

Sitting on top of a boat rather than sitting in a boat, appeals to a huge amount of people as you are not confined in the cockpit. One of the biggest fears of kayaking is that one will get stuck in the cockpit. This can not happen with a SOT.

The big advantage to the SOT is how much easier it is to self rescue compared to a traditional Sit in kayak.
It reduces the skills needed to paddle as you do not need to learn an Eskimo roll. (Although with good coaching this is not as difficult as first thought).

 
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A rough rule of thumb, If you can pull yourself out of a swimming pool from deep water then you should find an unassisted re entry no problem. Remember we offer courses (all equipment inc) to help you feel confident in your new boat.

Derek Hairon from Jersey Kayak Adventures and author of this excellent book has supplied from some very useful photo's.

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