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When many people think of kayaks, they think of sit-on-top kayaks. This is because sit-on-tops are the types of kayaks that are most frequently rented. They are stable, easy to get in and out of, and have no risk of getting stuck in them if they are flipped over.
Besides being used for beginners, sit-on-top kayaks have some very functional purposes. They are often used by fisherman and scuba divers and can be quite extensively rigged for such activities. Sit-on-tops are also used by experienced kayakers who simply need the ease of getting in and out of the boat as well as by kayak instructors who find it easier to work with clients in a sit-on-top.
All in all, sit-on-top kayaks are the most versatile of the lot and make a great addition to any kayak collection, beginner or not.