Recreation Kayaks

Q-Kayaks' range of recreation kayaks serves a purpose for everyone to enjoy. Safety, durability and user friendliness are features of all of our recreation kayaks.

All of our recreation kayaks are made from super link polyethylene (plastic). We use the same high quality grade plastic in our recreation kayaks as we do in our specialised touring and white-water kayaks. The polyethylene construction gives you a maintenance free kayak, which has excellent abrasion resistance able to take the knocks without fear of damage!

Safety is of the utmost importance to our company. Our kayaks have built in buoyancy in case of capsize, and are designed to perform to the utmost in a variety of conditions. Page down to check out the info comparing Sit-In and Sit-On kayaks

Sit On   Sit In
Firefly Summer fun sit-on-top   Sprite Family kayak - single
Whizz Sit-on-top play boat   Strike Family adventure kayak
Escapee Sit-on-top general kayak   Kiwi Versatile touring kayak
Escapade Sit-on-top kayak for heavier loads   Tui All round touring kayak
Swift Sit-on-top touring kayak   Sprite II Family kayak - double
Escapade II Polyethylene - recreation kayak double   Wanderer Double touring kayak
Delta Sit-on-top kayak for 2 - 3 people  

Sit in or sit on kayak?

The wonderful thing about kayaking is that it's extremely easy to get started, and the learning curve is very swift. Determining which type of kayak - a sit-In or a sit-on-top - to begin with will help you ease into the sport.

Kayaks come in many different designs, but the basic differences between them are whether you sit inside a cockpit, with your legs and hips surrounded by the boat, or whether you simply sit on top of a hull. Most river and sea kayaks are sit-ins. But if recreational kayaking is what you're aiming for, sit-on-tops or sit-ins are both a good choice, depending on your desires. Below are the things you'll want to factor in when making your decision about getting a recreational kayak.


Sit-on-top kayaks, in general, tend to have a wider, flatter hull, which makes them more stable and less likely to flip over (at least in calmer waters). Many are so stable, you can actually stand up on them (carefully). This makes them great for beginners, bringing kids and dogs along, and activities like fishing where you need to set up equipment, require a broad range of motion, or haul things in and out of the boat while sitting in it.

While sit-on-top kayaks are great for beginners because they are stable and easy to cruise on, what you gain from a wide stable base you lose in quick turning power, speed and protection from the elements. While a sit-on-top kayak may be more stable because of its wider hull, sit-in kayaks are stable because your body weight is lower down in the kayak.

A sit-in kayak will respond more quickly and swiftly to paddle strokes, which in turn will enable you learn and improve your kayaking techniques. Either type of kayak has designs available that Include rudders, but the wider the kayak and the more it draws, the clunkier it will be. Some entry-level kayaks also offer sit-ins with a wide flat hull. These can be a great choice if you want the option of wearing a skirt (in cooler weather, say) or if you want to store stuff where it won't get wet. Just remember that if you want to go skirt-free some days, any water that gets inside the boat will make it heavier, and, if you flip, the boat could be difficult to right when it's full of water. In the more specialized sit-in kayaks a bilge pump is often fitted to remove any surplus water.

Wide, flat, and slow isn't necessarily a drawback if you're planning to use your kayak for having fun close-to-shore. And, increasingly, sit-on-tops are available in sleeker designs with longer overall boat-lengths. But if your goal is to cruise in blue or rougher water, you'll need a sit-in touring kayak that's more responsive. And, if you've progressed to a level where manoeuvrability and advanced paddle strokes are enhancing your experience, you may get frustrated with a slow craft. If you're new to kayaking, remember that learning basic skills goes quickly for most people, so even if you haven't paddled much before, think about how you want to use the kayak - you may want to buy a kayak slightly beyond your skill level so that you can grow into it.


The sturdier the kayak, generally, the more it's going to weigh. Sit-on-top kayaks normally weigh in higher than sit-ins. This frequently contributes to their generally lower price, stability, and durability. It's not inconsequential to think about how you'll be transporting your kayak. Will you be able to get it on and off your car by yourself? Will you simply be pulling it down the road on a trolley? Being able to manage your equipment is an important factor in your overall experience. I can carry a sit-on-top myself down a short path, for example, and I can trolley my sit-on down to the beach near my house.  But I need assistance lifting a sit-on-top kayak over my head and onto the car. On the other hand, if you'll be parking your boat on a dock or beach for the season, only transporting it at the beginning and end of the season, weight may not be an issue. Don't underestimate this part of the equation, however. The more mobile you can be with your boat, the more you'll use it.


It goes without saying that how you'll use your craft has everything to do with what kind of kayak you'll want to purchase. Want to have fun while holidaying at the family beach house by the lake? A wide, flat sit-on-top is probably a good choice. Fishing-specific sit-on-top kayaks are great choices for people who want to drop a line. Likewise, if you want to drop anchor and swim or SCUBA dive off of your boat, a stable kayak that's easy to get on and off of will be key.

On the other hand, if your goal is to go for a cruise down your local river, do a mutti-day journey, or hit rougher seas, you'll definitely need the manoeuvrability of a sit-in touring kayak. These styles tend to be longer, thinner, more easily steered, and are going to give you dry storage for your gear. Plus, if a wave comes along to knock you around, you'll be able to either steer through it more easily, or stay with the boat if it knocks you over. Since sit-ins offer more physical unity with the kayak - the hull becomes more like a piece of equipment your wearing and moving with than something you're just put upon - you'll have more control over your kayak.