lauantai, 11. toukokuu 2019

Safety Items for Kayaking

Image result for Safety Items for KayakingSafety is the number one priority when you are a paddler and you paddle on a kayak or any other type of boats. Sometimes people think that they are going for kayaking in a local or familiar water body and ignores the basic safety terms. They take shortcuts or ignore the things that they should do to ensure the safety on the water. A little more consciousness can save you from any dangerous situation on the water. In this article, I will tell you about some safety items for kayaking.

 

Kayaking Safety Items

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You must ensure safety for any kind of outdoor activity. When it comes to water and kayaking, you should not take any chances and maintain proper safety measures. In the following post, you will find some important safety items for kayaking.

 

Personal Flotation DeviceImage result for Personal Flotation Device

Personal flotation device or PFD is also known as a life jacket. It is an absolute requirement for all paddlers. Even the most experienced paddlers who are doing kayaking for many years, also need to wear one life jacket. It is very much possible to fall in a situation where you cannot get to the shore and you are unconscious. It is also possible that you are injured and you are not able to swim. At these very critical moments, a life jacket will help you to stay alive and float on the water. So, no matter how much safe the water is, never forget to wear a life jacket because even very safe and calm water can get dangerous at times.

 

Helmet or Hat

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The type of paddling you will be doing will decide the type of helmet or head covering you will need. If you are a whitewater paddler, you must wear an approved helmet. If you paddle another type of kayaks, you should wear a hat with a brim. This will protect you from the damaging effects of the sun on hot sunny days. In cold days, it will help you to retain body heat.

 

Proper Footwear

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You should wear an appropriate closed toe shoe according to the weather and condition. For cold water kayaking, neoprene socks and booties are great. For warm conditions, old sneakers, water shoes or closed toe sandals will work very well. Whatever the weather condition is, you make sure you are wearing a good pair of shoes because situations like this may come where you would need to walk to the shore. Many unwanted elements like rocks, shells, sea life, glass, etc can cause you injuries if you don’t wear a proper pair of shoes while kayaking.

 

Paddling Whistle

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It is very easy to carry a good kayaking whistle while kayaking. It is impossible to inform anyone when you face any kind of trouble in the water. It is possible only with a whistle which is made especially for kayaking that you will be heard. There is also an alternative which works great is an air horn. They are quite expensive but works very good. You can attach your kayaking whistle with your PFD so that it is always with you all the time.

Water and Snack

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It is very important and essential to carry a full bottle of water with you even if you are going for kayaking for a short period of time. The heat of the sun and wind can have a great effect on your body and it can easily dehydrate you. You will be spending a lot of energy on the kayak which you may not understand. So, bring some light snacks with you so that you don’t feel light-headed from hunger.

 

Dry BagImage result for Dry Bag

You should have a dry bag securely fastened with the kayak. The dry bag should include a variety of important things that you may need such as identification, food, first aid kit, phone, two-way radio, dry shirt, towel and a map of that specific area where you are kayaking. You can have some more important things that you may want to take with you.

 

Rope Throw Bag

A rope throw bag is a safety gear which is used to throw to a swimmer to pull them to safety. You can toe another kayak with this rope to the shore if needed. You may find some other very important uses of this rope. Unwanted situations may come at any time that you never thought off.

 

Knife

Whenever you are taking a rope with you, there is a huge possibility that you would need a knife. People who love outdoor activities must have to carry a knife with them. The knife is told to be a lifesaving gear at any condition. Paddling knives are designed to attach with your PFD for easy accessibility. You will find many other uses of a knife at times.

 

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First aid kit is a very essential gear to have while kayaking. You can make your own first aid kit or simply you can buy one which is pre-packed. They are available in most stores. You can keep this inside the dry bag or in a dry box which you are carrying with you.

 

Sun Protection

There are various sun protecting items that will save you from the beating heart of the sun such as sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, etc. You can use them even in the cold weather when the sun is out. The exposed part of your skin can be really damaged by the heat of the sun. The lip balm will save you from the discomfort which will be created by the wind. Full brim sun hats can be a great option to save your face and neck from the sun rays.

 

Conclusion

Water is never a very comfort zone for anyone and an accident can happen at any time and anywhere. So, it is better to take some necessary safety gears with you while kayaking. Even a very calm situation can be changed at any time. Safety gears can save your and other paddlers life on the water. So, never be lazy and forget to carry those necessary safety gears while kayaking.

lauantai, 11. toukokuu 2019

How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak?

Image result for Paddle a Tandem KayakKayak is a very independent way to have fun and adventure, generally, we see kayaks that are driven by one person. There are some kayaks that provide a whole new different story. These kayaks are called tandem kayaks. They are longer, more difficult to turn and built for two people to ride at the same time. Here, you will find some tips on how to paddle a tandem kayak that will help you and your partner for tandem kayaking.

 

Paddling a Tandem Kayak

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Tandem kayaking is not like paddling alone. Because it is a work of two people, you need to have a better understanding and adjustment between you and your partner. In this article, you will find some important tips about paddling a tandem kayak.

 

Tandem Paddling Background

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In the past 30 years, kayaking has become very popular among the paddlers because of the ability to paddle solo. Canoes are difficult to paddle alone by the beginners. They are usually sold or rented as tandem canoes which are meant to be paddled by two people. This has started many arguments in the water that you can still see today where two people are trying to steer a canoe out of the water. Beside all these arguments, tandem kayaks still exist and you will often find them available for rent.

 

The Importance of Timing Your Forward Strokes

You may think you will not face similar problems which you face in the single canoes because each of the paddlers will have a double bladed paddle. This is not the true fact. Tandem kayaks can have the same tendency to zig-zag all across the lake and river when it is paddled by two people. There is a huge possibility to hit each other’s paddle if the strokes are not timed properly. You need to learn to time your stroke and that is the best possible way to avoid the collision and to get the kayak to paddle straight.

 

The Paddler in the Front Should Control the Rhythm

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The paddler who is sitting at the front cannot see the paddler who is sitting behind him or her. So, it is a common sense that the paddler in the bow to control the paddling rhythm. The paddler sitting at the front should paddle freely but should not try to steer the kayak as it will have some effect on the boat and it will be a mess up with the rear paddler. You just paddle in a simple way until the paddler behind you suggest something different.

 

The Paddler in the Rear Should Follow the Front PaddlerImage result for The Paddler in the Rear Should Follow the Front Paddler

The paddler who is sitting in the stern of the kayak has the full view of what is going on at the front. So, it is easier for him or her to match the rhythm of the paddler sitting at the front. By matching the rhythm like this, the paddlers will be able to avoid cross or smack each other and kayak will travel straight. If the paddler at the back notices that the kayak is steering in one way, he or she should make a stronger forward stroke to keep it straight. The forward strokes should be made to the opposite direction of where the kayak is steering.

 

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Surely, there will be times where greater corrections will be needed. It is the job of the paddler who is sitting in the stern. Sometimes it can happen when you are making strong forward strokes on the side which is opposite to the direction which you want to go is not enough to take you there. At that critical times, you will need to either rudder or perform a backstroke on the side that you want to go. So, just go ahead and make a correction and then rejoin in synch with the paddler who is at your front.

 

Conclusion

Tandem kayaking is mainly performed by the understanding of two paddlers. It is so important to have a better understanding while paddling. One should match with the rhythm of others. So, as it is a group work, you should practice the techniques together and then go for the ride in the water. Remember one thing, never go into the water without proper practice otherwise you may face some real problems in the water.

 

lauantai, 11. toukokuu 2019

Types of Kayaking Strokes

Image result for Types of Kayaking StrokesKayaking is a great source of adventure and fun. It is very popular among the people of the USA and all around the world. Like the other small manual boats, kayaks also need to have some skills in stroking the paddles.

You will be able to perform better when you will know more about stroking your kayak. It will become easier to reach your destination if you know more techniques. When you are involved in various kayaking sports, especially in whitewater, you must know various kayaking strokes. In this article, I will talk about the various kayaking strokes.

 

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There are about six types of kayaking strokes. In the following post, you will find some discussions on those six types of kayaking strokes:

 

The Forward Kayak StrokeImage result for The Forward Kayak Stroke

The first stroke that a paddler should learn is the forward kayak stroke. Most of the people who grab the kayak paddle think that they are doing the forward stroke correctly but most of the time they are not doing it perfectly. This thing happens because at first if they don’t get any training about the stroke, they always move the paddle with their arms rather than rotating their torso. This is mainly the basis of all other kayaking strokes. If you don’t master the forward stroke properly, you will not be able to perform other kayaking strokes perfectly.

 

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You may get confused when you see the title of kayak backward stroke and think why a person would want to learn the backward stroke. If so, then you should know, this is a very important technique to learn especially when in tight quarters or in finding the quickest method of getting to a kayak which is flipped. You may also find it very useful while kayaking in the rivers which is full of stones and you are stuck between two boulders. At that time, you would want to take your kayak backward and free it from the corner then move forward.

 

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One of the coolest strokes among all the kayaking strokes is the kayaking draw stroke. If you really want to impress your friends with your kayaking skills and technique, you can learn how to draw your kayak one way or the other. The draw stroke will move the kayak sideways. It can be a great help when you want to come alongside another kayak. You can use this technique to pull in closer to a doc that you want to reach.

 

The Kayaking Forward Sweep StrokeImage result for The Kayaking Forward Sweep Stroke

You can use the forward sweep stroke to make a turn and adjust the course of the kayak. You can also use the forward sweep stroke to spin the kayak. This is the only type of kayaking stroke that can be done while the kayak is underway.

 

The Kayaking Reverse Sweep Stroke

When you want to turn the kayak around, you can use the reverse sweep stroke. You can also perform this stroke while you are paddling backward.

 

The Kayaking Spin Maneuver

The kayaking spin maneuver is a combination of forwarding sweep and reverses sweep strokes. When you will do this both kind of stroke at the same time, it will help you to spin the kayak in place. This technique can be really handy when you need to turn your kayak around.

 

Conclusion

Various types of strokes can be useful in different situations and types of water. You never know what kind of situation you are going to face while kayaking in the open water. So, it can be a very good option if you know all type of kayaking strokes. Practice more before you go into the water and start kayaking.