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After many trips in a rented kayak, are you now considering investing in your own kayak? Choosing the right kayak is important, because it has to meet your needs, the frequency of your trips and the question ‘How many people should fit in the kayak?’. For example, there are inflatable kayaks for two people. The first question you should ask yourself is: ‘Do I want a rigid kayak or an inflatable kayak?’ If you are not sure what the advantages and disadvantages of these two types of kayak are, we can help you here.

The inflatable kayak

As the name suggests, the inflatable kayak is filled with air. This makes it relatively easy to transport and storage is also simpler. The hull is usually made of robust PVC or polyurethane. Inflatable kayaks can be used both on the sea and on rivers.

Advantages of an inflatable kayak:

Ease of transport: an inflatable kayak can be stowed compactly after deflating and easily transported in a car. This makes it ideal for travelling and spontaneous excursions.
Easy storage: Compared to rigid kayaks, an inflatable model takes up little space when not in use. This is particularly advantageous if you have little storage space.
Weight: Inflatable kayaks are generally lighter than rigid kayaks, which makes transport to the water much easier.

Disadvantages of an inflatable kayak:

Manoeuvrability: Due to their light weight and flexible structure, inflatable kayaks are more difficult to manoeuvre than rigid kayaks. This can be particularly problematic in rough waters or in strong winds.
Set-up time: An inflatable kayak must be inflated before use and deflated after use. This requires additional time and effort.
Care and maintenance: The care of an inflatable kayak is more time-consuming. It must be thoroughly cleaned and dried to prevent mould growth and material damage.

The rigid kayak

Rigid kayaks are the oldest and best-known system for canoes and kayaks. Originally made of wood, today they are mostly made of composite materials.

Advantages of a rigid kayak:

Readiness for use: a rigid kayak is always ready for immediate use. You don't have to inflate it and can go straight into the water.
Manoeuvrability: Rigid kayaks offer better manoeuvrability and stability, which is particularly advantageous in challenging waters.
Ease of maintenance: The care and maintenance of a rigid kayak is less time-consuming. After the tour, all you have to do is rinse it off and let it dry.

Disadvantages of a rigid kayak:

Weight and bulkiness: rigid kayaks tend to be heavier and bulkier than inflatable models. This makes them more difficult to transport and often requires roof rails or a trailer.
Storage: A rigid kayak takes up a lot of space and requires a fixed storage location, which can be problematic in small flats or houses.
Transport: Due to their size and shape, rigid kayaks are less transport-friendly and often require special equipment or vehicles for transport.

Which kayak is right for you?

The decision between an inflatable and a rigid kayak depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you value flexibility, easy storage and transportability, an inflatable kayak is the better choice. However, if you value manoeuvrability, stability and immediate readiness for use, you should consider a rigid kayak.

The most important accessories for kayaking

To make kayaking safe and enjoyable, the right accessories are essential. Here are some of the most important pieces of equipment:

Safety accessories:

Lifejacket: A well-fitting lifejacket is mandatory on every trip.
Lamp: A waterproof lamp helps you to orientate yourself and draw attention to yourself if necessary.
Safety line: This will help you get back into the kayak after a fall into the water.
Spare paddle: A spare paddle can be a lifesaver in an emergency.
Snap hook and rope: Useful for attaching the kayak and other equipment. The rope should be at least as long as the kayak.

Additional safety accessories for sea kayaking:

Mirror: A mirror allows you to make yourself noticed.
Acoustic signalling device: For example, a whistle to attract attention.
Red hand lamps: At least three red hand lamps to signal in an emergency.

Comfort accessories:

Centreboard: A centreboard ensures that the kayak moves straight ahead, making the ride more comfortable and less tiring.
Leg clamp: This provides more comfort on board and helps to maintain balance.
Paddle line: Prevents the paddle from getting lost.
Rudder: Makes it easier to manoeuvre and turn the kayak.

Additional safety accessories:

Helmet: In rocky or rapid areas, a helmet protects the head and neck.
Gloves: Protect your hands from injury and blisters.


Kayaking is a wonderful way to experience nature and be active. Whether you opt for an inflatable or rigid kayak depends on your individual needs and preferences. With the right accessories and safety precautions, nothing stands in the way of a safe and enjoyable adventure on the water.