How Do You Launch a Kayak From a High Dock?

Kayaking is a fun and exciting activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But if you’re new to kayaking, launching your kayak from a high dock can seem daunting. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to launch a kayak from a high dock safely.

Step 1: Prepare Your Kayak

The first step in launching a kayak from a high dock is to prepare your kayak. Make sure that all your gear is securely stored in the kayak and that it’s properly balanced. Check that the drain plug is in place and that the seat is adjusted to your comfort level.

Step 2: Position Your Kayak

The next step is to position your kayak at the edge of the dock. Place the bow of the kayak facing outward, away from the dock. Align it parallel with the dock and ensure that it’s stable.

Step 3: Lower Yourself into Your Kayak

Carefully lower yourself into your kayak while maintaining stability. Place one hand on either side of the cockpit as you sit down, then slide your legs inside until you’re comfortably seated.

Step 4: Hold Onto the Dock

Once you’re seated in your kayak, hold onto the dock with one hand while keeping one foot in contact with the bottom of the water body for stability.

Step 5: Push Away From The Dock

Using your other hand, push away from the dock gently until you feel comfortable enough to paddle away.


  • If possible, have someone assist you with pushing off from high docks.
  • Wear proper safety gear such as life jackets and helmets.
  • Practice makes perfect! Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get the hang of launching your kayak from a high dock.


Launching a kayak from a high dock can be intimidating, but with the right preparation and technique, it can be done safely. Remember to take your time, use proper safety gear, and practice until you feel comfortable. Happy kayaking!

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Daniel Bennet