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  1. Since we're talking kayaking for fitness, how about something for training during the off-season? Not all of us live in places where you can paddle year-round and the indoor ergometers aren't common at most gyms. The best analog I've found so far is a stationary arm bike. Has anyone found something else?

  2. Yeeeessss. One day when I've secured a job, and I have time, I want to do kayaking for both fitness and fun. Heck, if I wasn't so scared of alligators, I'd even be tempted to live near a lake one day. I really don't know why I was so afraid of kayaking before. A kayak is pretty sturdy, and as long as you stay in calm water, there is little chance of it flipping over. It's so much fun and relaxing and proves as a great bonding experience with friends. To paddle on open water surrounded by nature is just so perfect. I am literally on a mission now to get my family to try kayaking at least once.

  3. Nice little promo vid on kayaking! I ride a narrow canoe, called an 'assegai' (Zulu spear), on Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg, South Africa. I swam the entire boundary of the dam while learning to balance the boat two years ago. Only now am I starting to work properly on my rotation and arm work!!

  4. Kayak the bay.com I have many couples in the same situation who come to rent from me. My suggestion is to go and enjoy it yourself, while she takes pictures or enjoys what she likes. Fortunately, at Put-in-Bay, we have many other activites so everyone is pretty happy. Have you ever thought of a double and a picnic lunch? That might make it more enticing.

  5. Kayak the Bay, Ltd. in Put-in-Bay offers season passes for kayaking. One of my kayakers used his pass before he went into the Marines to get fit. He used a heavier paddle and paddled faster than normal kayaking. At the end of the summer, Allan was pretty buff looking. I have had many people with knee replacements go kayaking and really enjoy it. Happy paddling- JUST DO IT.

  6. Either you get it, or you don't. After my first paddle, I was hooked. After my first rapid, I was hopelessly hooked. I now own five 'yaks, and take anyone I can convince to go. Usually, they have a blast, but there are a few that just don't get that thrill,peaceful sense of mind. Sadly, my wife is one