Putting on a wetsuit is exhausting, especially when you put it on back to front and then have to peel it off and reinsert yourself the right way round. But it was my first time, so I knew no better. Once suited, I had to put on a waterproof jacket, life vest and helmet before I could go kayaking off the Pembrokeshire coast with my husband. We were in a double kayak, with me in front as I’m the lightest, and it was quite hard to keep up with his paddling when his only instruction was to ‘paddle faster’. Somehow we managed though, under the expert guidance of Mark, our instructor, who made sure that all of the adults and children in the group could control their kayaks before we set off around the headland. The sea was totally calm, offering perfect conditions for novices like us. We soon got the hang of it and by the end of the day I was exhausted but loved the whole experience. Apart from the wetsuit. http://www.seakayakguides.co.uk/
About Gretta Schifano
I'm a freelance journalist and blogger specialising in family travel with teenagers, trips when parents manage to travel without their kids, and 50+ travel. I also write about vegetarian travel, parenting teenagers, adoption, SEN, ADHD and anxiety. My work's been published by the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. I've lived and worked in Italy and Spain and am now based in rural south-east England with my husband, adoptive and birth kids and our dog. I previously worked as a social action radio producer for the BBC.
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