Summer fun goes hand in hand with canoeing. It is a fun way to spend your leisure time, meeting the needs of both active travelers and tourists who like quiet entertainment. True, kayaking management requires skill and experience. But it’s very fun and interesting activity. If you don’t think so, try to fish from kayak! Take your ultralight spinning combo and immerse yourself in the adventure. Although kayak renters usually teach you how to operate a cruise ship, it will take quite a bit of practice to properly paddle and overcome obstacles.
Paddle choice and body position
First of all, when it comes to kayaking, it should be noted that the rules in force here also apply to the management of other boats. They are basically all rowing on the same principles. Experts agree – it is much easier to sail on other tourist boats once you have learned how to kayak well. To make rowing easier and smoother, it is necessary to have a paddle of the rower’s height. The paddle blades should rotate (relative to each other) approximately 90 degrees. When kayaking, you should hold the paddle with both hands. These should be bent over your elbows at 90 degrees. The paddle is held with the hand from above with the thumb pointing down. The rower must think about the position of his body, which has a direct effect on the quality of the rowing – the body should be slightly inclined but straight.
The beginning of the swimming
One of the most important tasks in kayaking is to properly start (break from the shore) and finish (return to the shore). When sailing, remember that it is always advisable to park the boat upstream. The front-rower should sit first while the second is kayaking. First, the rower puts one foot in the kayak, then retracts the other. Once seated, he must position the paddle so that it is in contact with the shore and prevent the kayak from swinging until the second paddler settles down. Another job is to get off the shore. The first rower does this. The current must catch the front of the boat and turn it at the desired angle. At this point, the second-rower holds the end of the kayak closer to the shore.
Completion of swimming
Towards the end of the voyage, the first rower must hitch the boat towards the shore, while the second rider then drives the boat forward in a semicircle until it turns upstream and is stopped near the shore. When the kayak stops, the second rider must hold the kayak to disembark his colleague. The first rower holds the boat to disembark the second-rower. The canoe is then pulled on the ground or attached to the shore. By the way, if you need to make a turn while swimming, the work of both rowers is required. If the turn is not large, the first rower should be responsible for rowing and the second should be responsible for stopping the boat so that the canoe turns in the intended direction.
As a reminder, life-jackets must be worn when swimming (if young children are kayaking, they must have life-sized life jackets). Do not station or attempt to flip your kayak while swimming. You should not consume alcohol or other intoxicants while traveling.