For some reason, you have decided you need a kayak. I will offer some advice to get you started and hopefully other experienced paddlers will add to it.
You need to answer some basic questions.
- What do you intend to do with it?
- Fitness training
- Paddle distance
- Lilly Dip
- Where do you intend to use it?
How much are you willing to spend on the kayak, paddle, and life jacket?
Rent, beg, borrow or however , get what you think you want and go paddling with someone who knows more than you. Outfitters paddle days are a good place to start but you cannot pick the boat for you after paddling it for a few minutes. You need seat time to know if your point of contact is happy. Unhappy butt-unhappy body.
Get some training that includes self rescue.
Note: Buy the boat to fit your needs and wants. For example, I need a short boat to fit in my car. Are you getting it to fit in your car or to paddle? Short boats(not white water) tend to have large cockpits and are wide and slow.
There are several ways to transport boats.
I’ll pass this on to people who are more experienced for additional tips.