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It can be easily argued that the person who rents a kayak to explore Lake Winnipesaukee is much different than a person who rents a motorboat. Either way, recreational water sports are huge in New Hampshire, so it pays to learn all the safety tips you can before you get here. While a lot of boating safety is similar to “safe driving” tips, as in being aware of your surroundings and keeping an eye on other drivers, learning how to avoid accidents and stay out of the way of speedboats and waterskis while out on the lake is essential. Safe boat tips in Wolfeboro are the same as just about anywhere else, so even if you take an online safe boating course for kayaks at home, it will help a lot.
Lake Winnipesaukee kayak rentals are available at the NH Hole in the Wall. We also have a lot of other boat rentals in Lake Winnipesaukee, including motorboats, canoes, rowboats, and paddleboards. To learn more about our kayak rentals, which are available in several different sizes and types, depending on your goals, visit our website. You can also use our online canoe and kayak reservation sheet on our site to secure a rental ahead of your visit.
Having Safe Fun on the Water
One of the biggest attractions of renting a kayak on Lake Winnipesaukee, or anywhere else for that matter, is that it is a reasonably safe and very user-friendly activity. You can get into a kayak for the first time ever and figure it out in a matter of minutes. However, the more you can learn ahead of time, the easier it will be to get yourself out of serious and potentially dangerous situations. There are risks and hazards involved with any type of boating, even recreational water sports that don’t include a high-speed engine.
Start your adventure by getting a kayak life vest. While there may be generic life vests offered where you get boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee, it is worth investing in a quality kayak-specific life vest. Not only is a life vest explicitly made for kayaking a lot more comfortable, but it is also easier to kayak with it on than a generic “boating” vest or jacket. Make sure you get it sized appropriately and that every member of your party has one that fits properly as well. Dress for the conditions. You do not want to fall into cold water wearing just shorts and a tank top. Check the local weather and water temps before you head out for the day.
Kayak According to Your Skill Level
If you are a brand new kayaker, you will want to avoid areas that have a lot of wind, waves, and currents to have to deal with on the water. Ask the place where you get your Lake Winnipesaukee kayak rentals about the best spots to launch for beginners. If you already have kayaking experience and feel comfortable with swifter water, you can ask the locals about launching spots for more challenging kayaking as well. You also want to make sure that you do not travel further from the shore than you can safely swim. Lake Winnipesaukee is a huge lake and people have been known to get lost.
Consider taking a course that offers safe boating tips in Wolfeboro for kayaking. Learning how to get back into a kayak from the water can be challenging, especially if you have never done it before. Getting onto a sit-on-top style kayak is a lot easier than getting onto a sit-inside style kayak while in the water. You could easily take on a lot of water if you fall out and have to get back in without any prior practice. This is another reason to stay close enough to shore that you could comfortably swim back safely. If you fall out and have trouble getting back in, you could hold onto the kayak and swim yourself back to shore.
Learn to Kayak in the Summer
While kayaking on Lake Winnipesaukee is something that can occur practically year-round until the water freezes over, it is a type of boating that you should learn to do in the summer. Warm water recreational water sports are entirely different from water sports during cold weather. Falling out of your kayak and having to swim to shore is a much bigger challenge when the water temperatures and ambient air temperature is near freezing. Boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee are available year-round at the NH Hole in the Wall. Consider reserving your rental ahead of any visit to New Hampshire to make sure you don’t miss out.
Visit our website or give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) and speak with one of our agents. We can answer any questions that you might have about Lake Winnipesaukee kayak rentals or help you with reservations for other types of boat rentals over the phone. You can also use our online reservation forms. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to confirm any online reservations.