Kayaking in the Black Sea | Каране на каяци в Черно море

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Our trip to the Northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast included kayaking. My debut was in the waters of the Black Sea. A colleague of mine told me that it’s not easy and I should be very careful. I was scared of course and I felt a bit unsure. In the end, I was happy that I tried something new and exciting. If you’re planning a trip to the seaside in Bulgaria but you want to do something different, I think you should try kayaking as well.

Част от пътуването ми до северното Черноморие беше предвидена за каяци. Предварително ме бяха наплашили, че е опасно и трябва много да внимавам да не се обърна, да не се ударя с греблото и още какво ли не. Едно от най-големите ми притеснения беше да не се преобърна. За щастие, не се стигна дотам. Опитах нещо ново и непознато за мен и останах с приятни спомени от преживяното. Ако се чудиш как да разнообразиш почивката си това лято, виж защо каяци в Черно море е чудесна идея. 


Our kayaks were waiting for us | Каяците ни очакваха

Our starting point was the beach “Bolata”. We met with our instructor Galin there at around 10 a.m. Everything was prepared and patiently waiting for us. The kayaks were placed on the sand one next to each other. Galin gave us instructions how to paddle and what to do in the water, after that he gave us the equipment. I was one of those who had never ridden a kayak before.

На плаж Болата към 10ч. сутринта се срещнахме с водача ни Галин, който беше приготвил всичко. Каяците ни чакаха, наредени един до друг на пясъка. Галин ни проведе обучението, даде ни екипировката и първо се качиха тези, които никога досега не бяха управлявали каяк. Аз бях една от тях.

Fully equipped and ready to go, photo credit: kashkaval-tourist.com | Екипирана и готова за тръгване

Fibreglass kayaks and carbon paddles | Каяци от стъклопласт и карбонови гребла

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It was no surprise that the most important thing was the balance. To get into the kayak, I had to hold it with both hands. Then I placed my right leg into the kayak while the other foot was on the ground. The paddle should be on the line of your shoulders and your elbows should make a 90-degree edge holding the paddle. Paddling to the left or to the right defines your turns.

Признавам си, че в началото изпитвах известно притеснение. Имах цяло море пред себе си и едноместен каяк. Още с качването в него усетих, че балансът е най-важен. Греблото се държи на нивото на раменете, като свивката в лакътя трябва да прави 90 градуса. Загребването само на едната или другата страна помага да се изправи каякът в желаната посока.

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We paddled in the Bolata bay around 30 min until we got used to it. After that Galin asked us if we were ready to get off the bay. We said yes and we sailed away. The rest of our group that were not in the kayaks, were sunbathing in Krasi’s boat drinking cold Cuba Libre cocktails. 

И така покарахме около 30тина минути в заливчето на Болата, докато свикнем. След това Галин ни попита всички ли сме съгласни да тръгнем в открито море и ние бяхме категорични. Тръгнахме бавно и полека, докато останалите, които не бяха на каяци, се возеха и ни снимаха от моторната лодка на Краси от Къща за гости Левана и пиеха коктейли Куба Либре.

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We passed the red cliffs above us, meeting jellyfish and cormorants on our way. Unfortunately, we didn't see any dolphins that day, but Galin said they they could be seen. I thought kayaking was paddling all the time, but I was wrong. Actually, when we felt tired from paddling, we stopped for a rest and chat. 

Подминавахме червените скали, минавайки покрай медузи и корморани. За съжаление не видяхме делфини, но пък Галин казва, че могат да се видят. Каякингът не е лесна работа. Ръцете ми доста се натовариха, но разбира се, постоянно спирахме за почивка. В това време разглеждахме природата около нас, морето, вълните и си приказвахме.

Our instructor Galin from Trip Kavarna, photo credit: kashkaval-tourist.com | Инструкторът ни Галин от Trip Kavarna

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After an hour and a half, we reached a private beach where we stopped for another rest and switch with those from Krasi’s boat. I had a chance to get into the boat too but I decided to get back to Bolata beach with the kayak.

След 5км стигнахме до малък залив, където направихме почивка и смяна с другите от лодката. На връщане имах избор или да се върна в лодката и аз, или да направя обратен тур с каяка. Имах сили и затова избрах каяка.

After 5 km we reached a private beach, photo credit: kashkaval-tourist.com | След 5 км достигнахме до заливче с частен плаж

Kayaking was not that difficult as I thought it was going to be. Our instructor Galin explained that if I was more experienced, my arms wouldn’t get tired so quickly but for a beginner, it was just normal. Besides that, I think driving a single kayak is perfect for a first time. Keeping the balance was the main goal and I think I managed to achieve it. 

Натоварващо е, но всъщност не е толкова трудно, колкото си го представях. Водачът ни Галин ми сподели, че ръцете ми се натоварват, защото по принцип се гребе с цялото тяло, но за първи път е напълно нормално да ги използвам тях най-много. Освен това, тези каяци бяха едноместни и според мен са доста подходящи за първи път. На моменти балансът се губеше, но бързо го възстановявах и накрая мисля, че се справих добре.

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Thanks to our instructor Galin who was constantly motivating us, I felt secure. I strongly recommend his services because he will make you feel sure and motivated. Moreover, the fibreglass kayaks are lighter than the plastic kayaks, and you get carbon paddles.    

Благодарение на водача ни Галин, който не спираше да ни окуражава и поощрява, през цялото време бях спокойна и сигурна. Горещо препоръчвам услугите му, тъй като освен че предразполага, каяците са едноместни и от стъклопласт, а не пластмасови, което ги прави по-леки от другите, а греблата са карбонови.

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I’m happy I tried kayaking and I am sure I will do it again anytime soon. What I liked the most was the security I felt while I was having fun in the water

Радвам се, че първият ми път на каяк надмина очакванията ми. Със сигурност ще пробвам отново и препоръчвам с две ръце. 


Kayaking in the Black Sea | Каране на каяци в Черно море Kayaking in the Black Sea | Каране на каяци в Черно море Reviewed by Stanislava E. on 6/11/2017 Rating: 5

10 comments:

  1. Hello Stanislava
    Amazing post and expérience !
    I would love to test the Kayak great sea & landscape too!
    Enjoy your week !
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    1. Hello, Helena! Indeed it was a wonderful experience. You should try kayaking, I am sure you would enjoy it.

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  2. Very exciting and brisk. Good for the courage.

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  3. Hi Sany! I have never tried kayaking, but seems like it was amazing experience :) What's more, thank you in advance for your recommendation of instructor - sounds like you could enjoy the moment and focus on fun of new experience instead of feeling unsecure and unsure. :) What's more, the landscape from your photos is terrific <3
    Take care, dear! :)

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    1. Hi, Ivonne. It was my first time and I am happy I did it. No problem, Galin is probably the most relaxed instructor you could ever meet. Thank you for your kind words:)

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  4. Hello Sany! How cool and thrilling! You know, is something I always wanted and am curious to do! You have been great to try it and definitely look you had a wonderful and fun time! Have a nice weekend ahead Sany! xo

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  5. Wow that's really cool that your first kayaking experience was on the Black Sea! I've always heard that kayaking is not as easy as it looks. It certainly sounds like you rose to the challenges and had yourself quite an fun adventure Sany! I would imagine having a good instructor really made it better. Happy weekend to you my friend!

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  6. Looks like so much fun! I have never done kayaking (only canoeing) but would definitely give it a try.

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  7. Zdravei Sany!

    I've always wanted to try kayaking as I love being active and trying new things.
    Good thing you went for this fun adventure. It would have been even more spectacular if you had seen the dolphins. Maybe next time.

    Have a fun summer! Love, Radi

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