Hey guys! So I have been wanting to do a couple of outdoor activities for a while, kayaking being top on my list and felt it would be more fun, if I go with a couple of people. I tried to convince my friends and colleagues to come along with me but they were having cold feet, saying they couldn’t swim and giving all the excuses in the world. I sent an email.
I got this reply, like I wasn’t going to make it back to the office 🙁
And this 😕.
Once I was tired of trying to get them to turn up, I basically put a post up on the gram and tagged a few people who I knew would be interested. I was hoping to get a few responses but I got a bit more. Of course I knew not everyone would show up but in the end we had 13 amazing ladies and 1guy.
I contacted Nothing to do in Lagos (a group of guys who curate alternative happenings around Lagos) as they help with bookings for Kayak Lagos and paid for the crew a night before. It costs 3,000naira per hour to kayak, 2,500naira per hour for 2-3 hours and 6,000naira for 4hours.
We got to Folawiyo Jetty located at 19 Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi our take off location at about 1pm with of course a couple of people showing up a little later. There are only 5 kayaks with an extra 1 in case of a rescue situation hence if you’re going kayaking, it is important to keep to time else someone else would have your slot and you might just have to wait an hour or more to have your kayaking done.
Just before the adventure, Mr Seni Williams our instructor who was filling in for his wife and who was really nice by the way gave us a quick beginner class on how to paddle left or right, reverse 😀 and general safety tips.
When getting in the kayak, holding the rail is compulsory so you don’t slip, have your left leg in first, your right leg next and then sit 😡 .
An assistant instructor helps you in and then pushes you into motion.
After which all you have to do is hold off a bit till you are balanced and then start using your newly acquired paddling skills.
Kayaking was totally fun and it was really nice to try out something different after a while. The rain wanted to mess with our shine but we were over comers 🙂.
Kayaking is totally safe and Kayak Lagos has provided over 2,000 rides without a causality plus you’d be wearing a life jacket, so if you have been having fears, its time to face them and get started by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d totally love to know about your experience. If you’d like to join one of mine simply follow on Instagram @findingae