Myrtle Beach Kayaking Tips and Tricks

How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak

Tandem Kayak Myrtle BeachWhen it is time to book your Myrtle Beach kayak tour, you and your family may decide to book a tandem, or double, kayak. Tandem kayaks are a fantastic choice for beginners on vacation in Myrtle Beach because they are naturally wider and more stable than solo kayaks. They are a great way to involve every member of your family- from grandparents to small children.

While the person sitting in the front of a tandem kayak isn’t required to do any paddling to enjoy their tour, when both people paddle, tandem kayaks can move surprisingly quickly.

When possible, paddlers in tandem boats should work together to paddle in unison and find a consistent rhythm. This will power the kayak most efficiently this way, and also keep paddlers from hitting each other’s paddles.

If one passenger in your kayak is physically stronger than the other, that person should sit in the back of the kayak. This allows the passenger up front to dictate the pace, and allows the stronger paddler to keep paddling if the person up front would like to take a break to view the sights.

When turning a tandem kayak, the paddler up front should maintain a forward paddle stroke on one side of the boat, while the passenger in the rear should perform a backwards paddle on the opposite side of the kayak.

Choosing a tandem kayak is just one way to enjoy kayaking in Myrtle Beach. With this option, guests get both an efficient and enjoyable kayak tour.


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