Kayaking means different things to different people. To some it conjures up ideas of serenity, peace, and leaving cares aside. To others the word kayaking evokes imagery of adventure and excitement. It can be fast paced or laid back and everything in between. As varied as the paddlers themselves, kayaking is really a sport for all ages, abilities, and preferences. Here is a list and explanation of some of the different types of kayaking.
Recreational KayakingRecreational kayaking is the basic kayaking that is seen on well protected lakes and other safe bodies of water. They are the boats used in rental fleets local parks and are found on the shores of lake homes across the country. Recreational kayaks are usually wide and stable. No experience is required to paddle them and they are not meant for speed nor necessarily for comfort. Their primary purpose is to have fun on the water, period.
Touring KayakingWhile touring also takes place on protected bodies of water, is not necessarily reserved for beginning paddlers. Touring is for paddlers who take paddling serious and can be used over long periods of time comfortably. Touring kayaks are long and they track (go straight) very well. While touring kayaks look a lot like sea kayaks they only have one sealed bulkhead which is behind the paddler. The bow area of the kayak is not sealed which will allow the kayak to fill up with water if flipped. This is the primary reason why touring kayaks are meant to be paddled on protected bodies of water.
rules of the road when sea kayaking.
whitewater classification system rates the different rivers and rapids by level of difficulty to help paddlers assess. Whitewater is exciting and extremely dangerous. 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.
special instruction and understanding.