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A Kayak, The Ocean and Oregon - A Perfect Match
Oregon is known for its beautiful, rugged coastline. If you really want to see it from a unique view, grab your kayak.

When you're thinking about taking your next vacation, why not make it one that you'll always remember? Trips where exciting outdoor activities are featured always make a lasting impression, and kayaking is a great sport for the whole family; it provides exercise, outdoor fun and scenic views. One of the best spots in the United States is Oregon, which makes a great spot for your next adventurous vacation.

Sea kayaking involves paddling a kayak, a small boat with a covered deck and sometimes a spraydeck (a waterproof cloth covering for the boat's opening to prevent water from reaching the kayak's passengers). Sea kayaks are built with sea going in mind, meaning that they are able to carry enough supplies, such as camping gear, food and clothing, for longer trips of up to weeks at a time. Additionally, sea kayaks can hold up to three passengers for their sea going adventures – so a small family can even go in the same kayak!

When deciding to go sea kayaking, Oregon makes a great choice. This state offers many different companies that teach the techniques needed in order to go out on the open water with your kayak, as well as companies that lead tours from various points on the coast of Oregon. One such company is Kokopelli River Guides, based out of Ashland, Oregon. This company offers river tours, white water rafting trips, sea kayaking tours and kayaking schools and lessons – all in the beautiful settings of Oregon.

Here, you can learn many of the skills you'll need to have a successful sea kayaking trip. The Sea Kayaking Basics class, which is held regularly at Emigrant Lake, near Ashland, is the perfect way to start your sea kayaking journey. The class, which assumes that you have no prior sea kayaking experience, provides all of the equipment needed for you to learn how to do this sport. The American Canoe Association provides certified instructors for this class, and you'll learn kayak safety, how to paddle and use a kayak, as well as kayak navigation.

Kayaking in Oregon is a blast and a great way to get a unique perspective of the coastline. Be sure to bring your enthusiasm and be prepared to learn a lot about this outdoor activity, because once you get started, you'll be sure to want to continue practicing the sport of sea kayaking.
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