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While many kayakers branch out into the various types of kayaking, there is usually one method that stands above the others for each paddler. As a new kayaker, it is up to you to figure out which type suits you best and which you most enjoy. This, in large part, often has something to do with where the paddler lives and what type of kayaking they have the best access to.
If a person lives in West Virginia or Colorado they may find themselves more interested in whitewater kayaking. Whitewater kayaking is not for the faint at heart. If you have a need for adventure and are athletic, this type of kayaking may be for you. Bear in mind though, whitewater kayaking can be the most dangerous and will require lessons.
A paddler living along the east or west coast of the country may gravitate toward Sea Kayaking. Sea kayaking is also dangerous but this type of kayaking can be done at many different levels. It therefore can often be better managed to the individual needs of each paddler.
Or a person may just live by some secluded lakes in which case they will just be into recreational kayaking or maybe even into kayak fishing or kayaking while camping. Recreational kayaking is probably the most popular and is often the gateway into getting into more advanced types of paddling. Since recreational kayaks and gear are usually cheaper than more specialized types, this may not be a bad place to start if you are unsure of the type of kayaking to get into.