If you didn’t have kayak before, then you must understand that there are certain things that you need to understand before setting out to the waters. By understanding these things, you will be able to avoid any injuries at all. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start!
The first thing you need to have before starting is… wait for it… a kayak! This is a pretty shocking thing to know, eh? Okay, let’s get back to our topic. Before we discuss kayak’s details, you have to understand that it can be hard to carry and it usually requires up to three people to get it from place to place. We will tackle more about that in another post.
A kayak can be priced between $250 to more than $4000 depending upon the materials used. There are also kayaks built for a specific environment such as whitewater kayaks, surf kayaks, racing kayaks, sea kayaks and recreational kayaks.
Different kinds of kayak have different size, shape, design, materials, etc. For example, sea kayaks often have longer bodies so that they can cover longer distance and whitewater kayaks are made of high impact plastic so that they won’t tear while bouncing off rocks.
If you want distinguish kayak from canoeing, it is the paddle. Canoes uses single bladed paddles while kayaks use two-bladed paddles. There are different things that you’ll need to consider when choosing a paddle. If you are going to buy a paddle, you’re going to consider your stature, the size of the kayak and stroking preferences. If you are taller, then a longer paddle is perfect for you and if you’re shorter, you will want a shorter, lighter paddle.
A wider blade paddle will allow you to accelerate faster but you will have to overcome more resistance, but this is a great way to build strength. Narrower blade paddle requires less effort but you’ll require more strokes.
There are also flat and curved blades. Flat blades are cheaper but curved blades makes strokes more powerful. There are also feathered blades that cut down wind resistance. Finding the right paddle requires trying them out to make sure that you get the best ones. Asking the store staff, which are usually knowledgeable can help you find the best paddle.
Getting a life vest even on a calm water is an important investment. Usually, the US Coast Guard Type III personal floatation device is used in kayaking. The reason behind this is that because they are lightweight and comfortable. They will also allow you wider arm rotations because of their large arm openings and they have a shorter waist for comfort. If you are going to be kayaking in rough water with rocky obstacle, be sure to wear helmets.