You’re probably a water-lover if you’re reading this. Let’s say you’re out there as often as possible and sometimes after work in the good weather to paddle away the hours in the your favourite beautiful bodies of water soaking in the wondrous nature. At a certain point however there’s only so much kayaking you can do before your skill development starts stagnating and that’s often a time when people start getting bored in something that they have previously loved. There are a lot of options for how to hone your skills further and create new challenges for your hobby.
The primary option is a clear s one and that’s the social aspect. If you’re passionate enough about kayaking—and it really doesn’t matter if you’re already an expert or novice—you’ll be welcome in probably any kayaking or boating clubs. These organisations are there not just to provide a venue to discuss with others your hobby, but also to act as a support structure to help you improve your skills and give you new ideas. The easiest way to get involved is to search the internet for a club in your area. They often have nights for non-members once or twice a month when people who aren’t card-carrying members to come and introduce themselves and meet the local canoing and kayaking community. In addition to finding good advice you may met people who will give you tips on where and when to kayak, and such groups very often take yearly trips together, which can be a nice way of making new friends in addition to improving your skills.
If clubs aren’t the sort of thing you’re interested in and you’d rather strike out a bit more on your own, then consider going to kayak and boating events, such as races or other types of technical competitions. While there often isn’t a lot of mainstream coverage for these events in the media, local papers are excellent sources of information. If you’re lucky you might, after or before the competition, be able to talk to some of the professional paddlers who are usually all too happy to share tips with amateurs (although remember that if they’re not in the best mood after a poor performance you may want to give them their space) with fans who are anything from seasoned kayakers to complete greenhorns. Aside from the athletes themselves there’s many fans that are accomplished kayakers in their own right. People usually love sharing their passions with like-minded people so it wouldn’t be too hard to make connections with people.
With a veritable world of possibilities to meet new people and enhance your skills on the water there’s no reason to sit round and do that same repetitive paddle whenever you take to the water