Going on a guided kayak tour for the first time is an exciting proposition. However, there are a few things you need to know beforehand to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. The following are six things to know if you're going on a guided kayak tour. 

Being organized will make things easier

When you're traveling by kayak, you need to store all of your supplies in a small space. You'll want to have items like water, sunscreen, and snacks stored along with you. Make sure you plan for these storage needs and discuss any items you need to carry along with you, such as medications, with your Kayak Guide. Your guide can help you find the best organization and storage solutions to stay comfortable and safe during your tour. 

You'll need to protect yourself from the sun

Sunscreen is essential for healthy kayaking. Out on the open water, there's nothing above you to provide you with shade if it's a sunny day. Protect your skin and avoid uncomfortable sunburns by applying sunscreen before your tour begins. You might also want to consider packing sunscreen to take along with you to reapply as the tour goes on for the greatest possible effectiveness. 

You're going to get wet

A lot of people make the incorrect assumption that kayakers stay dry within their kayak at all times. Kayaks are designed to be small and easily maneuverable. They are not designed to keep their passengers completely dry. You should expect to get wet during your kayak ride, so dress appropriately. Wear clothing that dries quickly and that is comfortable when wet.

Two Types of Kayaks

Depending on your guide, you may be able to decide on two different kayak types for your tour. Sit-on top kayaks don't have a hollowed out interior and just consist of a floating surface that you sit on. Both types of kayak have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Sit-on-top kayaks are generally a little more stable. They're also very easy to get on and off of. However, sit-in-inside kayaks can generally be expected to keep you warmer and shelter your body more effectively. You should discuss the best kayak type for your situation with your guide before your tour. 

Your guide may have double kayaks available

In addition to choosing between sit-on and sit-in kayaks, you could also choose a double kayak if you're touring with more than one person. Double kayaks accommodate two people and allow you to enjoy the experience with a partner.  

Proper posture is important for avoiding soreness and discomfort

You want to focus on keeping your back straight while kayaking. You also should make sure you're in a relaxed position and aren't tense while riding in your kayak. This will prevent fatigue and soreness.