I agree with all, but, if you child likes camping, nows the time to start "safe" kayaking. We have two grand daughters that have been kayaking with us since they were about 2. They have always been properly outfitted the planned outing. They learned how to swim when very young and are both competition swimmers now. They have graduated from doubles to their singles. The point is, if you think you child will enjoy this activity, take into account all the above comments and get going.