We are sure you have seen them, maybe in the ocean, a lake, a river, or a pond. That is the kayak.
Kayaking is a watersport that involves paddling using a double-bladed oar and a small boat known as a kayak. The boats come in a variety of sizes and types, depending on their intended use, but most kayaks feature an enclosed deck that covers the legs. The boat sits low in the water and usually only accommodates a single paddler, but tandem kayaks hold two people and some boats hold three people.
Perhaps if you have not kayaked, you have wondered if it is easy, is it dangerous, what is needed, etc.
Kayaking is fun, is relaxing, is good exercise, and great for fishing, and other activities. If there is a body of water, most likely you can kayak in it. Different kayaks are designed to handle specific conditions. Some are made for taking on white water courses, while others are built for racing and then there’s everything in between. Rivers, lakes, oceans and even surf zones are popular spots for kayaking and due to the different types, everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy the sport.
Are a canoe and a kayak the same?
No, they are not the same and here are the differences between a canoe and a kayak:
First is the sitting position: In a canoe the paddler either kneels on the bottom of the boat or sits on a raised seat. In a kayak the paddler sits on a low seat with their legs extended in front.
Number of blades on the paddle: A canoe paddle has a blade on one end, while a kayak paddle is bladed at both ends.
Scope of the name: In some parts of the world, such as the United Kingdom, kayaks are considered a subtype of canoes. Continental European and British canoeing clubs and associations of the 19th Century used craft like kayaks, but referred to them as canoes. This explains the naming of the International and National Governing bodies of the sport of Canoeing.
In the United States a canoe and kayak are different and talked about as separate or different from each other.
Types of kayaking
This is the basic kayaking you will see on lakes and safe bodies of water. They are used in rental fleets and local parks, also found along shores of lakes homes across the country.
They are usually wide and stable, no experience is required to paddle them and are not for speed, nor really comfort, just to have some fun on the water.
Touring is for paddlers who take paddling seriously and can be used for long periods of time with some comfort. They are long, and they go straight very well.
They look like sea kays, and they only have one sealed bulkhead which is behind the paddler. The bow is not sealed to allow the kayak to fill
up with water if flipped. This why they should be used on protected water.
This is done out in the ocean or large bodies of water. Sea Kayaks have two sealed bulkheads, one in the bow and the other in the stern. They allow the kayaker to
stow a lot of gear and perfect also for camping or long trips.
Sea Kayaks are easy to paddle once you get used to them, and sometimes include a rudder to help you steer. They can cut through waves and range from 15 to 19 ft. long.
For this type of kayaking you should understand principles of navigation and safety practices. You should also know rescues and reentry of the boat, so you know what to do in case you flip.
The you will use to paddle rivers, streams and creeks where rapids or white water is present.
Whitewater is exciting and extremely dangerous. Paddlers need to learn many skills to face the biggest rapids and it should never be done without a partner.
Within whitewater kayaking, there are also different types of paddling such as playboating, river running, squirt boating, and creeking. Depending on how serious of a paddler a kayaker is, they can require very specialized boats for each type of whitewater paddling.
This takes place just in the ocean, but the kayak is similarly shaped to a whitewater kayak. This takes some experience to learn and can be dangerous due to large waves.
Sit On Top Kayak
About one in five kayaks are sit on top kayaks. These types of kayaks have gained popularity in recent years. People that fish, dive and surf really seem
to like these. They are almost impossible to sink, if it flips, you just flip it upright and climb back on.
There really is no limit what you can do with a kayak.
Equipment Needed to Kayak
This can range, though first most obvious is a kayak.
PFD device (life jacket)
Not necessary equipment those can include, helmet, booties, gloves, rope bag, knife, float bag, dry bag.
While there are many reasons to kayak, the goal of kayaking should be enjoyment.
Whether a person kayaks for serenity, relaxation, adventure, fishing, camping, or exploring there should be a level of fun that accompanies the outing. Kayakers form a group bond that feeds this enjoyment. That’s why there are so many kayaking festivals and get-togethers. Kayakers will look for any excuse to party together! So, find festivals, expos, and demos to reminisce with other paddlers. And of course, Have Fun!
Kayaking is great exercise
Back, Chest, Stomach, Arms and Toning through kayak fitness training:
When you are paddling you can expect to do about 500, maybe more, maybe less, strokes per mile! Placing the paddle in the water and executing a good stroke is going to incorporate every muscle in the upper body and some lower body muscles as well. This means that in one hour at 3 mph you are going to do about 1500 repetitions of low impact upper body movements, which no matter what your fitness goals are, you are going to tone up almost every muscle in your body. Hey, you are going to look good!
When first starting, oh you will be sore. So, kayaking is great for stress reduction, weight loss, and fitness.
Also, when it is sunny day, you are close to water gliding along, it gets hot, bring the sun screen, sunglasses, and a hat if needed. You will get a major tan.
People that enjoy fishing, love using kayaks to fish also
Fishing kayaks are the hottest thing since sliced bread in the fishing industry right now. From fresh to salt water and north to south – you can’t get in and out of a tackle shop, sporting goods store, or online forum without seeing something related to chasing little finned creatures from a fishing kayak.
This surge in kayak fishing makes sense too, kayaks are more stable than canoes, portable, and much less expensive than traditionally powered fishing boats. They’re also very “small-water” friendly, which gives anglers in urban areas countless more access points.
In response to their popularity, the kayak industry has exploded – there are now DOZENS of manufacturers producing quality, fishing specific kayaks designed for everything from the smallest creeks to the open ocean. They can be rigged up with everything you need, you can get into places you normally couldn’t on the water, and you can get in at more places, a fisher’s dream come true.
How much are kayaks?
Prices range from 200 to up to more than 2000 for kayaks, and gear some more. Don’t forget, you must strap on car also.
We say on average for entire startup it can be had for 1000 to 2000 for a very good start that can last for years.
If you haven’t tried kayaking yet, the best thing to do is rent first and give it a try, we are sure you will enjoy it.