What is Kayaking?
Kayaking is an outdoor recreational activity whereby a person uses a kayak which is a special boat to adventure on water bodies.
A kayak is a special type of boat which has a covered deck and an area for the kayaker to sit in. When a person gets in the kayak, he/she sits in a way that his/her legs are concealed but straighten to the front region of the kayak. The person then has two use double bladed oars to propel the kayak and navigate through the waters. The kayaks are manually maneuvered through the waters using the double bladed paddles.
Kayaking can take place in the place in the rivers and lakes where it is relatively calm or in the oceans which are a little bit turbulent because of the water currents. Kayaking in the calm waters is more recommended for beginners who don’t have much experience and technical know-how on how to paddle and control the kayak.
Kayakers who are experienced will most likely go for the open oceans, although this is dangerous because of the turbulent waves. The different waters used by the kayakers form the basis for the classification of kayaking. They are:
This kayaking is more suitable for a beginner because the waters used are relatively calm hence posing little or no danger to the kayaker. This makes this type of kayaking suitable for recreation and thus river kayaking is at times referred to as recreational kayaking.
This is done on larger water bodies like seas and oceans and requires the use of bigger and more sophisticated kayaks which are designed for long-distance activities such as touring activities. Hence this type of kayaking is also referred to as tour kayaking.
These larger water bodies are characterized by waves and strong water currents hence more expertise is needed for kayaking. This type of kayaking can also be used for kayaking competition as well as touring.
White Water Kayaking
This is usually done in rivers which are fast moving and rapid. It offers both the calmness of rivers kayaking as well as a bit of turbulence and waves seen in large water bodies like seas or oceans.
Types of Kayaks :
Kayaks can be used for leisure navigation of waters and such kayaks don’t need to be sophisticated because the waterways are quiet favorable hence this is more appropriate for beginners. They can also be used for racing or water competition or just to navigate white-waters.
These two require more specialized and versatile kayaks and the kayaker should be equipped with better skills of paddling and maneuvering the kayaks. There are some instances whereby surf kayaks are used to navigate waters with breaking currents as done in surfing. The several types of kayaks are:
This type of kayak is quite versatile in water and at the same time it can be collapsed by deflating and then packed together with other personal properties. This makes it possible for a person to go kayaking with his/her own kayak since it is portable.
This is a simple type of kayak normally used by one person to navigate calm waters. It is commonly used by people who are less experienced.
This is also a two-person kayak and usually it is a sit-on-top kayak which has been designed to accommodate two people.
This is a versatile and specialized kayak which uses both paddling and pedaling mechanism for water navigation.
Sea Touring Kayak
This type of kayak is used on protected bays or exposed coastal waters mostly for recreation. It is fast and big enough to carry some personal items. It is also loved because of its versatility and stability.
Light Touring Kayaks
This kayak is less stable unlike the sea touring kayak.
This is a kayak which can be easily folded into a case containing a frame and this makes it possible to carry. It is versatile and offers ample space.
This is a small type of kayak which can be used by kids.