This report suggests there are over 100,000 kayaks of all shapes and sizes in New Zealand.
A small proportion of these belong to kayaking clubs and make this their chosen passion – learning new skills and paddling with groups/clubs for safety and fun.
Most paddlers simply purchase a kayak, PFD (hopefully) paddle and head out to the many beautiful beaches, rivers and estuaries our NZ coastline has to offer.
Without the advice of a recognised specialist kayak retailer some new paddlers may find themselves in trouble at some point.
Please watch this video from Maritime NZ which has some great advice.