Ever since M started swimming lessons I promised him I would take him kayaking once he learned to swim. Over the last year he’s worked so hard achieving various tasks set to him and eventually learned to swim. In fact a couple of days ago he achieved his Stage 2 swimming badge and moved to a new Stage 3 class.
So as a reward for all his hard work I took him to enjoy a day of kayaks and paddle boards in Weymouth with our friends from West Country Mum. Even though this Summer has been a bit of a wash out, the day we picked had decided to become a beautiful day.
On arrival we hired a double kayak for an hour for £20, which included life jackets for us both. We were soon on the water heading over to a small beach about a mile across the bay. It was lovely to see how enthusiastic M was as he paddled across the water. He’s quite competitive, so each time our friends overtook us he worked hard to paddle faster.
When we got to the small beach across the bay, we put both boys in a kayak together and sent them on their way (we let them just float in knee height water). They discussed paddling off into the sea and plotted their own mini adventure. 10 minutes later we were back in the kayaks and heading back to the hire site to hire a paddle board.
The paddle board was a totally different experience, both the boys were naturals, I feel due to their lack of fear and lower center of gravity. I had an interesting moment when I came off the board and was in much deeper waters than I’d anticipated and fully submerged, but aside from that it was a lot of fun.
Unfortunately I hadn’t planned ahead and bought M a wetsuit, so he started to get chilly so we headed back to the car for warm clothes and snacks. My number one tip for those planning to head out on the water is to pick up a wetsuit for your little one as even if the water is warm they can get chilly quickly.
We’ve already planned our next kayak trip and we can’t wait!