Kayaking Techniques

Unlike canoes, kayaks are considered "closed" watercrafts as because those preferring kayaks and their gear are protected by spray skirts. Individuals positioned in kayaks are required to sit on the floor of the boat in a seat with legs stretched out in front of their bodies. Kayakers commonly refer to this area as the cockpit of the kayak which keeps them safe and dry in the event of capsizing and from preventing water from entering into the cockpit area.

Kayakers maneuver the boat by propelling it by using a single blade paddle on each side of the watercraft's shaft. "Sit-on-"top" or sealed hulls kayaks are also available which allow kayakers to experience a more open experience on the water, much like that of canoeists.

There are many different styles of kayaking; however, the basic techniques remain the same. Perhaps the most popular form of kayaking is simply for enjoyment and recreational purposes which includes fishing and observing nature from a touring kayak.

Another favorite kayaking experience is paddling on the open waters of the sea. Sea kayaks generally are constructed to have a longer waterline as well as capacity for provisions below-deck. Additionally, these kayaks are known to have rudders, also known as skegs, and upturned bow for shedding waves. Contemporary sea kayaks are capable of accommodating up to three paddlers and generally have more than one internal bulkheads.

Other styles of kayaking include: surf kayaking, whitewater kayaking, waveskis, Playbot, Creekboast, racing kayaks, fishing kayaks, inflatable, pedal and outriggers/catamarans. Although there are many more categories of kayaking, these are among the most popular.



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