What is kayaking?

Kayaking is a leisure time activity in which a person use special types of boats called kayaks in different varieties of waterways. It is a versatile watersport that can be done in any body of water. Kayaking involves paddling using small boat known as kayak and double bladed oar. Adventurers can take trip on the up rivers, along white water courses, ocean, and in surf zones. The nice point is that a person with only some skills can enjoy the kayaking.

What are kayaks?

The boats come in different types and sizes, based on the special use. It can take so many forms depending on the use they are designed for. Kayaks generally hold 1-3 paddlers. There are various kinds of boats available such as surf kayaks, racing kayaks, whitewater kayaks, touring kayaks or recreational kayaks. The designs vary with materials and shape.

Why you must try kayaking?

  • Good to flatten and tone the tummy as paddling requires great strength and movement.
  • The resistance of water gives an extra power workout for shoulders, back, arms, and chest.
  • One hour of kayaking burn around 400-500 calories.
  • Versatile and adaptable
  • Good for those recovering from injury as it is less demanding on tissues and joints.
  • Offers ultimate excitement
  • Emotional benefits

How to get in and out of a kayak?

Keep the body weight low and centered. Grip the dock edge while putting the feet into the cockpit. Stabilize yourself by taking a hold onto the dock and keeping yourself lowered into a boat. To come out of a kayak, do the same things but in reverse ways i.e. bend against the dock, pull knees out and slid out onto the sitting position on a dock.

Kayak Paddles

Kayaks typically use two-bladed paddles. While selecting a paddle, always consider some important factors such as kayak’s size, stroking preferences and your physique. The taller and broader kayaks generally need longer paddles. A smaller and lighter paddle is ideal for those people who have small physique.

Varieties of blades

Narrower blades- Need minimum efforts per stroke but call for more strokes.

Wider blades- Provides higher acceleration but face more resistance.

Feathered blades- Offset at an angle and cut down on the wind resistance.

Flat blades- These are basically cheaper than others.

Curved blades- Enhance stroke’s strength.

Choosing the right paddle needs trying out various kinds. People at the games equipment centers or stores helps in selecting the most appropriate ones. You don’t require moving here and there in search of guidance if you are taking the training from experienced and knowledgeable instructor.

Safety equipment and other tips

Investing in the necessary kayaking equipment can help with secure and exciting kayaking experience. Personal floatation devices are used because of their comfort-ability and lighter weight. Large arm openings enable wide arm rotations and shorter waist lengths for the utmost comfort. Don’t forget to carry a helmet for higher safety if enjoying kayaking rocky waters. Sprayskirts are ideal equipment to cover opening of a cockpit, protect lower body and personal belongings for keeping dry. You can use dry bags to keep the personal things safe.

Paddling techniques

Keep the boat stable and rest comfortably on the seat and take a relaxed hold on the paddle. Wind the torso to prevent the strain of your back, arms, and shoulder. You can start by winding the torso and placing the blade parallel to the foot. When your hands reach the hip and you relax your torso, the paddle comes out of the water.

Use the paddler as rudder and bring it close to the kayak. The kayak then turns toward the blade’s same side. Sweep stroke is highly effective to keep the forward momentum. Swap the forward stroke on one end with sweep stroke on the other side. Create broad arc turn by sweeping the paddle wide on kayak’s one side until it touches the back of the boat.