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How old should a child be to learn to kayak?

While any age child can participate in a tandem boat with a qualified partner, kids from seven to ten years old are at an ideal age to learn to kayak in their own boat. Young people in this age group have generally grown enough to fit smaller kayaks well and have developed the attention span, physical attributes, and fine motor skills necessary to see rapid progress in their skills development. Kids at this age are also mature enough to deal with the solo aspects of the sport, though kayakers should never paddle alone.