Summer has returned to the southern hemisphere and year-end holidays are almost here. We’ve got dozens of reasons for you to dip your toes in the water by taking up paddling this season – and to get your family, friends and dogs to join you on the water. Are you ready?



The last 18 months have taught us the value of time spent with friends and family.  Unlike other physical, outdoor activities like running, hiking and cycling, paddling is decidedly more inclusive. It is an activity that sees grandparents and grandchildren taking to the water together on Vagabond kayaks and where both enjoy the activity equally. Kayaking is for the young and old, fit and unfit, short and tall, skinny and not-so-skinny.

 Longer-lasting happiness is the reward from shared experiences that have more meaning and purpose. Paddling together creates a sense of belonging and memories that will be treasured for years to come.


Spending your leisure time on activities like paddling is a boost to your physical health. Taking up kayaking, a thoroughly enjoyable activity, lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, reduces levels of negative moods, and increases happiness as a result of greater life satisfaction. Paddling also opens the door to meeting people and enjoying a larger social network of friends.


Short getaways, local overnighters and day trips within two hours of home will turn this summer holiday into the best ever. Staycations present the opportunity to discover local gems of activities, accommodations, sights, culture, and nature. With a Vagabond kayak on your roof racks, you can add waterways to this list of delights to explore for fitness paddling, fishing, bird watching, scenery, photography and the pure joy of being on the water.

What are your “Reasons to Paddle”? Submit your reason to and we’ll include your contribution here.