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Which of our 14 kayaks is the best kayak for beginners? And why? The Beginners Choice Kayak Package is designed to give you a delightful and easy experience as a beginner, but is also suitable for more adventurous paddling trips as your kayaking skills (and appetite) develop. The Beginners Choice Kayak package is perfect for men and women, young and mature, large and small.

Who is the Beginners Choice Kayak Package for?

Paddlers who need (or want) a compact kayak and

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I was a beginner kayaker myself not that long ago. My first kayak, the AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak was ideal.

Here’s why this is the best kayak for beginners:


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Falling in the water not only leaves you wet and cold, it can also be pretty scary if you are a beginner kayaker.

The AdvancedFrame has a wide flat hull, giving it excellent stability.

Not only are you less likely to fall out, it’s easier to get back into if you do!

If you want a kayak you can relax in, the AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak is the best kayak for beginners when it comes to stability.

Easy to Paddle Straight

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Professional kayakers make it look easy. But in most kayaks, trying to go in a straight line is really hard!

The frustration of not being able to get where you want to go will drive you insane. Or at least put you off paddling for the rest of your life…

The AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak is the best kayak for beginners because the hull has been designed to go straight on flat water. You don’t have to worry about your skill level, just hop in and go!

Supremely Comfortable

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The AdvancedFrame has a nice cushy floor under your bum and a supportive seat for your back.

It’s great for a beginner to be able to relax and take a break during kayaking.

Versatile – the Best Kayak for Beginners is One That Can Take You Hard-Core!

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The AdvancedFrame is suitable for a wide variety of conditions, including open ocean. As your skill, stamina and passion for kayaking grow, the AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak will be able to take you to the next challenge!

You will probably start out enjoying a casual paddle on flat water.

You could end up taking it on an arctic expedition, who knows!

Durable for Beginners

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I’m not saying that all beginner kayakers paddle into things… but if it’s your first time in a kayak, you might have a few collisions before you learn how to control it.

Sadly, most inflatable kayaks are like pool toys – one little bump against something sharp and it’s all over.

The AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak is the best kayak for beginners because it can really take a beating!

All products in this package are covered by Advanced Elements 12 month warranty and my 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Quick and Easy Set-up

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As a beginner, you might not want to start out with a multi-day kayaking expedition …

The best kayak for beginners is one that you can take out for a short paddle – maybe just 30 mins or so. Then as your strength and your confidence improves, you can go for longer paddles.

So what is the biggest turn-off for taking an inflatable kayak for a short paddle? Set up time.

If you want kayaking to be a regular part of your life, you need to be able to get out on the water in under 5 minutes. That is what you can do with the AdvancedFrame inflatable kayak.

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AdvancedFrame Kayak Specifications

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It’s a nice ride!

The AdvancedFrame kayak sits at that sweet spot – it’s not the fastest kayak we sell, but it’s got a wonderful ‘cruise’ to it.

Even though it’s only 3.2m long, the built-in fin and the awesome AdvancedFrame hull design gives you a wonderful paddling experience.

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For a shortish kayak, the tracking is impressive.

The aluminium ribs in the bow and stern stop the kayak from waggling and the fin helps it glide straight.

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Not much.

All kayaks are wind affected to some degree.

You can generally predict how wind affected it’s going to be based on the ratio of kayak above the waterline, to kayak below the waterline.

The AdvancedFrame kayak sits quite low in the water, especially compared to other inflatables, so it performs quite well in wind.

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The AdvancedFrame and the AdvancedFrame Sport inflatable kayaks are the same length, width, and look like the same design… so why did Advanced Elements create two of them? Checkout our video below..


The seat (included) has a stiff, high back, which gives you excellent support, IF you get the angle right. Check out our video below..

The optional inflatable foot brace adds to your comfort by supporting your lower back as you paddle.

You can purchase the inflatable foot brace to go with your AdvancedFrame Kayak. A lot of paddlers swear by foot braces for encouraging good paddling technique and for supporting the lower back.

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The AdvancedFrame kayak has very good back support – the seat backs are high and stiff with adjustable straps to get the angle right.

What is the AdvancedFrame Kayak good for?

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Yes, if they are not massive.

The AdvancedFrame kayak is not huge inside, but you can unzip the front deck so your dog is not cramped into a cockpit.

The soft floor can be at risk from doggy claws, I recommend purchasing either the Drop-stitch floor or the Dura-floor to protect it.

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The wide flat hull, means the kayak is very stable so you won’t all go over board if your dog gets excited and makes a sudden move (not that they ever do that …).

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The wide flat hull means the kayak is very stable so you can focus on fishing and relaxing.

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This video is from Chasing Scale who use the AdvancedFrame kayak to make their fishing videos:

The rip-stop polyester material is extremely durable, giving you the confidence that neither fish, nor fishing gear will cause a puncture.

Optional kayak anchor if the fish are biting and you want to stay where you are.

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Optional accessory frame if you want to attach additional rod holders, an EPERB, a fish finder, go-pro etc.

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***NOTE – to install the accessory frame on the AdvancedFrame kayak, you have to cut holes in the deck and inner tube covers.

You can even put on a propeller – the ePropulsion Vaquita.

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The AdvancedFrame kayak is good for taking kids, as long as they are still small.

It’s super-stable, so the kids can have a nap and muck around without tipping it over.

It’s not huge inside, but you can unzip the front deck. It’s best if the child is facing you, so they don’t get whacked in the head with the paddle.

It’s possible, yes.

It’s got a soft floor, which can make it a little difficult to step into and out of. I’d recommend upgrading with the high-pressure drop-stitch floor if you are going to be using it as a tender quite often.

It’s suitable for almost all water types, including open ocean.

It’s not our biggest kayak, but there is still quite a bit of deck space and capacity (136kg) for gear if you are using it to transport your stuff to and from shore.

You would want to open the zipper on the cockpit before putting the kayak in the water.

**Caution – do not leave the kayak inflated on the deck of the boat. The heat will cause the pressure to rise and you could damage the kayak.

Anything from 1 hour to a multi-day expedition, depending on how much gear you need to stow.

If you have to pack a huge amount of stuff, I suggest looking at our AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite, which has a higher capacity and more storage space.

But if it’s not a massive amount of gear and you are not a huge person, you can definitely do a multi-day trip in the AdvancedFrame kayak.

The kayak is very stable with a low centre of gravity, so loading up the deck is viable.

And most importantly – it’s really comfortable!

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The AdvancedFrame design helps it cut through chop, and you can put on a spray skirt to keep out the spray.


The AdvancedFrame kayak is fine for class 1 and 2 whitewater, however; it is really designed to paddle in a straight line, and therefore, not recommended for rivers above class 2.

Who is the AdvancedFrame Kayak good for?


In fact, it’s so good for beginners, we put it in our Beginners Choice Kayak Package.

The key feature for beginners is stability, and the AdvancedFrame kayak is wonderfully stable, so no dramas there.

The design is so good, that it’s super-easy to paddle straight.

At 16kgs, it’s light enough for most people to lift.

The zipper on the deck makes it easy for people to get in and out.

And best of all, it’s incredibly versatile, so if you find yourself going from beginner to adventurer, you can do open ocean and multi-day expeditions in it!

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In my experience, seniors are looking for a lightweight kayak, and at 16kg, the AdvancedFrame kayak is fairly lightweight.

We have other kayaks that are lighter, but the AdvancedFrame does give a great balance of versatility and performance. So if you think you can handle the weight, it’s a great choice for seniors.

The other key features for seniors are stability and ease of getting in and out – the AdvancedFrame kayak ticks both of these boxes.

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It’s possible for a child to paddle alone, but might be a little on the heavy side, depending on the age and strength of the child.

You would be better off checking out our lightweight kayaks if you were looking at something for your kid.

Excellent for a teenager, though!

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The AdvancedFrame kayak has an awesome zipper in front of the cockpit that allows you to swing your legs in and out.


It’s good up to about 6’2″, but beyond that, you want to consider the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak.

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You can adjust the seat straps to bring the seat closer to the front of the kayak, or further back in the cockpit to give you more leg room.

When I say “about 6’2”, it’s hard to be precise. Whether you fit in the kayak is more a function of leg length, rather than overall height. It also depends on how you like to sit in the kayak – legs straight requires more space than legs bent.

The maximum capacity is 136kg / 300lbs.

I have found that the rigidity of the kayak starts to drop off at around 90kg, at which point I recommend getting the high-pressure drop-stitch floor. This floor dramatically increases the rigidity (and therefore performance) of the kayak in the higher weight ranges.

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About the AdvancedFrame Kayak

Advanced Elements have been making inflatable kayaks for well over 20 years – you don’t have to worry about quality.

All kayaks are inflated at the factory and left for 24 hours to ensure there are no slow leaks.

The main hull material used is called PVC tarpaulin and it is super thick and tough.

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In the extremely rare case that you damage the hull, the kayak comes with a repair kit, so you can put on a patch.

The AdvancedFrame Kayak is a sit-in kayak.

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You can put on a spray skirt and stay warm and dry if the conditions are rough or cold.

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Of course, this means that any water you get in the kayak is staying in the kayak (unless you get a bilge pump).

But on the upside, you get a kayak that glides beautifully through the water, tracks straight and is minimally wind affected.

The AdvancedFrame kayak is a solo kayak – this means it has seating for only 1 person.

Although it is spacious, you could NOT fit two adults in it.

Taking a small child with you is totally viable though.

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Deflated and packed dimensions are:

32″ x 17″ x 10″ (76cm x 43cm x 25cm)

You can get the depth (25cm) down a bit by putting the seats somewhere else, but the other dimensions can’t really be altered.

The weight is 16.3kg and the kayak comes with a durable duffel bag.

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At 16.3kg, the AdvancedFrame Kayak is lightweight compared to a hard-shell kayak, but not our lightest kayak.

Most people can carry it down to the water by themselves.

But if you are not feeling strong, it might be better to look for one of our lightweight kayaks.


It’s very stable… this video demonstrates the AdvancedFrame Expedition kayak, but the AdvancedFrame kayak is just as stable:

There is a fin – it is part of the hull.

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There is no rudder on the AdvancedFrame  kayak.

Although the Rudder Kit we sell is technically compatible with this kayak, you would have to be exceptionally short for that to be viable.

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Note that the AdvancedFrame kayak is easy to paddle, tracks very well and is not very wind affected, so you are not likely to need a rudder.

Yes, the ePropulsion Vaquita can be used with the ratchet straps (included with the propeller).

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The AdvancedFrame kayak is a sit-in style kayak, so you can hook our Touring Spray Skirt around the inflatable coaming.

This allows you to stay warm and dry inside the cockpit.

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Advanced Elements spring valves

High-back adjustable seat

Inflatable coaming for attaching a spray skirt

Moulded rubber handles

Hard edge bow and stern

Welded seams

Neoprene knuckle guard

Storage compartment

Bungee deck lacing

Reinforced bow and stern

Skeg/tracking fin

D-ring tie downs

The hull is PVC tarpaulin – an extremely tough multi-layer material.

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The deck and inner tube covers are rip-stop polyester.

The inner tube is PVC, with a baffle down the middle of the tube.

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There is an aluminium rib inside the bow and stern.

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There are rubber moulded handles at each end and some elastic bungee lacing.

I think that covers everything!

The AdvancedFrame Kayak is manufacted by Advanced Elements (an American company), in their factory in Indonesia.

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All kayaks are inflated and left overnight on the factory floor to ensure they are fully functional before shipping out.

Learn more about Advanced Elements.

How to use the AdvancedFrame Kayak

You can review the instruction manual here:

AdvancedFrame Kayak Instruction Manual

But my strong recommendation is that you take a look at the setup video:

It should take you around 5 minutes, once you have got the hang of it.

It’s about 5 minutes, once you have got the hang of it.

You just take off the valve covers and set the valves to deflate. Then just walk away for a few minutes and it’s done.

You can use the deflate function of the pump if you want to, but I have never found this to be necessary.

This video is for the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite kayak, but the process is the same for the AdvancedFrame Kayak.

The best thing you can do is put an old towel inside the kayak when you go paddling. This keeps the inside dry and clean.

You will almost certainly get some water on the deck and sides, but if you can keep the inside clean and dry, that makes things easier.

If it’s salt water on the outside, you may wish to use a washcloth with clean water to pat the deck of the kayak.

Do NOT use a hose, the kayak gets way too wet that way.

The deck doesn’t take too long to dry, then you can fold the kayak up as per the instructions.

Yes, it DOES go back in the bag!

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What's included & what to buy

AdvancedFrame Kayak

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Adventure Voyage 4-Part Paddle

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Double Action Hand Pump with Gauge

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PackLite Roll Top Dry Bag Set

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• Duffel bag

• High back adjustable seat

• Repair kit

• Owners manual

You need to purchase a life jacket at a minimum.

Check out our Fishing Gear section if you want to do some kayak fishing.

General information

All our Advanced Elements kayaks come with a 3-year warranty. Check out the details here:


But if you have any issues after that period, still get in touch as we carry some spare parts and may be able to help out.

Our 90-day “Try it on the Water” Guarantee means that if the kayak is not what you expected, you have 90 days after delivery to return the kayak for a FULL refund. 

Shipping is free for orders over $99 and $19 flat rate for orders under $99.

If the product is in stock, it will ship from our Brisbane warehouse within 1-2 business days of ordering.

We use Direct Freight Express as a courier and they are usually pretty quick.

Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Sydney – overnight.

Melbourne – 2 nights.

Elsewhere… it varies. If you have a deadline, please get in touch and we’ll check if it’s going to make it in time.

For more shipping questions, check out https://ozinflatablekayaks.com.au/shipping/ 

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