If you are new to the world of kayaking, or if you’re looking to spend a day that leans more on the side of relaxation than performance, then find yourself an accessible spot with calm waters.
A number of rivers are particularly tranquil, making them perfect for taking your first paddle strokes. In the Paris region, the Loing River is ideal for a first outing to practice maneuvers and taking small challenges.
The same goes for the Loire Sauvage between Gien and Nevers, for example, or on the side of Saumur. Currents are always modest here, but you can cover longer stretches.
If what you’re looking for is to do your first miles, sea kayaking is a great option. Look for calm sea waters and make sure you don't go too far from the coast at first. Spots offering spectacular landscapes are not lacking in France: the coast of Brittany, the Corsican coast, the rocky inlets of Cassis...
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