Where ever there is a body of water you can find people kayaking on them. Over the last 20 years kayaking has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to do so. Advances in manufacturing and materials technology have improved both the affordability and the accessibility of the sport of kayaking. This coupled with the increased desire for physical fitness and the allure of water sports ensures that interest in kayaking will continue to increase for decades to come. The more people who are become interested in learning to kayak, the more chance there is for misinformation out there. This guide will help you and your friends who are interested in learning all about kayaking to get started.
Getting into KayakingMany people want to get into kayaking without knowing specifically what type or even where they will go. These are two important questions to have answered as they will have an impact on the type of kayaking gear a person will buy. Some of the many types of kayaking are whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, touring, recreational kayaking, sit-on-top kayaking, kayak fishing, and kayak camping to name a few. Each of these genres require different gear and have different skill requirements. It is therefore important to know which you want to get into. Here are some resources to help a person get off to the right start as far as kayaking is concerned.
- What is Paddling?
- Getting Started in Kayaking
- Types of Kayaking and Kayaks
- 10 Reasons to Paddle Kayaks
All About Kayaking GearHaving settled on the type of kayaking you’ll be doing, the next thing to do is to purchase some kayaking gear. You don’t want to just walk into a big box sporting goods store and buy the first kayak you see. Sit-on-top kayaks are different from whitewater kayaks. Sea kayaks are different from recreational kayaks. Doing your research to know what type of boat, paddle, and gear you want will help save you the aggravation of making a costly mistake when it comes to gear purchase. It will also help you to know what to look for if you decide to buy used gear. Here are some articles to help with that process.
All About Kayaking SkillsIt is true that kayaking appears to be effortless. The boat seems to glide across the surface of the water with little exertion by the paddler. While there is definitely the case at times, it is only with proper kayaking form that paddling a kayak can remain efficient and effective. Most kayakers are only familiar with the forward stroke and they don’t use proper form when it comes to it. There are many more strokes than just that. Here is a guide to the skills kayakers should learn to advance their ability and enjoyment of kayaking.
- Learn These Kayaking Strokes
- The Paddler’s Box
- Paddling Efficiency
- The Anatomy of a Kayak Stroke
- 5 Tips to Advance Your Kayaking