Kayaking is a thrilling activity that can also get you and your loved ones closer to nature—which is a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Much like golf, basketball, and football, kayaking imparts inspiring life lessons you never thought about. Here are four that stand out:
No Quitting Allowed, Only Doing Your Best
Once you’re out in the water, there’s no going back. You and your partner have to paddle through both calm and strong waters to reach the path’s end.
The best and safest way to kayak through rough waters is to simply drive through it with your companion. You must not hesitate and maintain your pace until the water calms down again.
You need to row as best you can, and—just like in real life—
keep moving forward.
Grit, perseverance, and stamina will see you through.
Commit, Commit, Commit to a Great Kayaking Vacation in Florida
In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell wrote that it takes 10,000 hours of practice for someone to become an expert in a particular field or hobby. Putting in the hours requires someone to commit, commit, commit.
In a couple of kayaking sessions, you won’t know how to maneuver through a strong current, get back on track after being flipped over, or find a new path. It takes repeated tries to learn, make mistakes, learn some more, and make more mistakes to become even better.
To get the best out of kayaking and life, you have to commit, commit, commit.
Take Advantage of Present Opportunities
Kayaking experiences vary from case to case. Some happen through eco kayak tours with a guide who can show them the ropes. Others require permits as the stream is very wild and powerful. Then, there are bodies of water perfect for kayaking only when there are heavy rains or storms.
Sometimes new paths present themselves while kayaking. While scary and unknown, it’s a chance to discover more about that waterway, even if it isn’t a shortcut.
New and experienced kayakers alike will maximize those opportunities to learn, get their feet wet (literally), or simply add more life experiences under their belt. As the saying goes, you’ll never know until you try.
Enjoying Your Eco Kayak Journey and Don’t Focus On Others
There are several different kinds of kayaking. Expedition kayaking is where the most experienced travel through a body of water end to end. Slalom kayaking focuses on narrow, wild streams to improve their navigation skills. Playboat kayaking is all about the thrills and tricks. Eco kayak tours are the most basic, where participants learn the basics and go through a few intermediate challenges with the help of an experienced kayaker.
Whichever specialization they’re in, these kayakers commit, focus, and enjoy where they are. They don’t complain about the number of kilometers traveled, strong currents they’ve overcome, or bailouts they’ve experienced. They’re content with the lot they’ve chosen or are in and continue in it.
Likewise, your life journey is different from others. It can either be filled with rough times or quiet. Remember to trust the process, accept where you are, and keep moving forward. Your time will come.
Much like life, kayaking involves going through good times, bad times, and everything in between. It tests your skill, teaches grit, and builds character even after you’ve reached the end. Not bad for a sport that uses a small boat and a couple of paddles.
If you want your kids to experience these life lessons themselves or want to try something new and out-of-the-ordinary, reach out to us here at Nature Coast Eco Tours! We specialize in more personal and un-commercialized wildlife eco Best Kayaking tours in Florida!