This is the week I hope to be kayak­ing in a lake with the world’s only fresh water sharks, amidst vol­canos, islets, and pro­lific birdlife as part of Austin-Lehman Adven­tures’  com­pelling flag­ship tour in Nicaragua. To pre­pare, I con­tacted fel­low Explorer’s Club mem­ber Alan Feld­stein who teaches kayak­ing in the Pacific waters of Los Ange­les, and leads a com­pany that offers cus­tomized water safaris via kayaks in Tan­za­nia, Africa—Infi­nite Safari Adven­tures(More on Feldstein’s other col­or­ful ven­tures below.). He shares some tips and trips with me and Lux­ury Travel Mavens readers:

What is “lux­ury kayaking”?

Feld­stein: “Most kayak trips, which I have done and love to do, involve pad­dling to a remote site with your gear in the boat, set­ting up camp, and then pad­dling the next day.  Us aging boomers are less into camp­ing so the bet­ter way is to pad­dle to a lodge or pad­dle to and from a com­fort­able won­der­ful lodge with nice beds, hot show­ers and great meals.”

What does it take to be a kayaker?  How does it relate to health?

Feld­stein: “Kayak­ing is a great sport for active peo­ple who do not want high impact.  Any­one can kayak and our trips are offered with no expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary.  Gen­eral good health is all that it takes.  You use your core and are not putting stress on knees, hips and other joints.”

What are your five best tips for “good” kayaking?

Feld­stein: “Have good equip­ment, have guides who are cer­ti­fied and know what they are doing, eat and hydrate well before pad­dling, and remem­ber ‘the jour­ney is the des­ti­na­tion’ so go out and enjoy, and do not worry about how far or fast you pad­dle.  It is that Zen rhythm you get into when pad­dling that I enjoy so much.”