Sit On Top Kayaks

Sit On Top sea kayaks

A bit of history of canoes and kayaks

With the traditional style of canoeing in large open Canadian of Indian Canoes you can carry a lot of gear and luggage. Unfortunately these canoes are not really suitable for ocean conditions with fewer possibilities for easy and quick landing nearby.

sit on top sea kayak vs traditional canoe

The advanced Sea Kayak with a closed spray-deck and sometimes a rudder, have great gliding capacities, but require advanced paddling techniques and self-rescue skills.

sit on top sea kayak vs sea kayak closed deck

The white water kayaks and play & free style boats are great fun on rivers. At the same time they aren´t really suitable for longer distance or for beginners to go easily in a straight line on open water. Tipping over and rolling back require more advanced paddling skills.

sit on top sea kayak vs white water kayak

Sea Kayaking became popular with the arrival of the so called Sit On Top (SOT) kayaks.

sit on top sea kayak lagos portugal

Sit On Top Sea Kayaks

These kayaks are extremely stable and safe to use for beginners in ocean conditions for the following reasons:

Drainage

SOT kayaks have 4 or more drainage holes in the kayak, so any water that comes in the kayak, drains automatically away, and therefore makes the kayak unsinkable.

Capsizing with Sit On Top sea kayaks

The name Sit On Top explains it; paddlers are sitting more on top of the kayak instead of inside. In case the kayak capsizes, paddlers fall out easily and will never get stuck with their legs inside. There is no need any more to cover yourself with a spray-deck or to learn a 360º Eskimo role.

Beach landing and swimming

Due to the nature of sitting on top of the kayak, you can easily jump out of the kayak for a refreshing swim in the sea. After your swim you can relatively easily climb back onto the kayak, although this requires sometimes 2 people to make it easy. Due to the drainage holes the kayak drains itself and there is no need to go back to the shore.

Visiting and landing on a beach is much easier and safer now with the SOT kayaks. Especially leaving the beach with some waves has become much safer and comfortable now.

sit on top sea kayak easy beach landing

Comfort

The SOT that Kayak-Lagos uses have a pre-shaped seat and come with an adjustable back rest with padded foam added to the seating and lower back.

Handling and maneuverability

Kayak-Lagos uses kayaks that provide a perfect combination between stability, gliding capacities, maneuverability and space for 2 people. In case the group has an odd number we provide a single SOT to the paddler with the most experience.

Kayak Cave Trips in Lagos Portugal

Would you like to experience a 3 hour trip in these Sit On Top sea kayak models. Kayak-Lagos uses the most modern kayaks and maintains all accessories to a high level.

Read more about our kayak cave trips from Lagos in Portugal here: http://kayak-lagos.com/kayak-cave-trip-in-lagos/

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