Or local run only has one class IV "North Umpqua" and in my opinion the class IV is really tame. She will be in the Ik by herself with me in my hard shell. My experience starts and ends with the sevylor tahiti. Me and her went out on one of those shitty boats this summer. After that I understand the divorce maker name haha. But to my surprise even after 3 hr of me telling her that shes doing everything wrong she still wants a boat."of her own hahaha" I just wasn't sure if she would be more comfortable in a solo or tandem. After all the awesome replies we will be going solo.Solo. We have had both and are switching to just singles. They are better for just about everything. Will you be in a hardshell? and what kind of trips will you be using it on, day trips or overnights?
I agree with you after the trip I felt bad, I could have had more patients and I defiantly learned keeping a positive attitude is key. I would get her into some classes but we live in a smaller town with little to no organized boating groups or businesses. So that would be hard for us and would have to travel to do classes."
As a ACA WW kayak instructor since 1991, my advice to husbands training their wives on how to paddle is, be real careful with comments and how you say it. Offering more support than critical comments is key. I saw the ha ha in the post, but most wives I have taught take hubby's every comment as serious.
Might be a good thing if you get her in a good intro to paddling multi day clinic, ideally one with girl instructors.
I totally agree with the going with a solo IK.
I would rather go the hard shell route but as bystander said Im worried hardshell will scare her out of it. She is super fresh to the water and still doesn't fully grasp basic paddle skills i.e turning/holding a straight line. After everyones input we are going to find a class.I would think twice about buying an IK. Could you borrow or rent one? The same thing happened to hubby and myself. I was shuttle bunny for years then decided on an IK so I could join in the fun. Once I sat in the eddy while everyone surfed, I quickly tired of the IK and went to a hard shell. I have been kayaking ever since. And oh ya...get someone else to teach her. Us women don't listen to our hubby's very well Ha Ha. He sent me on an all girls trip and when I got back he couldn't believe the things I had learned. He said "If I told you to run that you never would."