Kayaking is a hobby for some and a passion for others. Whatever the reason for kayaking maybe, fun is guaranteed. Aside from you getting wet which is pretty obvious. That is why today I will be discussing with you some stuff regarding kayaking that will enhance and add something to your next kayaking trip.
This article will educate kayaking players, especially beginners. Anyone who wants to pursue the activity of kayaking will surely want to read this. So without further ado, lets jump right into it.
At a Glance
1. Close To Nature
kayaking is one of those activities which will surely bring a person closer to nature. Grabbing an opportunity to enter into crystal clear waters with zero to none distortions will feel heavenly. Aside from this, the kayaker can also reconnect with nature in several ways. Some of the people do kayaking to explore certain aspects of nature whilst others just wanna have the first seat glimpse of it. Either way, whatever your purpose of kayaking is, reconnecting with nature will always be in your subconscious mind throughout the journey.
A good quality kayak is compact in design. It will always give the optimal balance to the user and will certainly perform better than an average canoe. Keeping in mind, that the balance is of utmost importance always buys an A-grade product. That will boost the already serene experience. Better equilibrium means a more stable ride. The kayak will float in the water more smoothly making the journey more soothing.
An average kayaking journey of 4-5 miles will not only be soothing to the eyes but it also has some physical benefits. The strength and endurance put into paddling will develop the upper body of the kayaker. Increased blood flow to the muscles especially the biceps and triceps will allow them to develop better. Make sure to have a good pre-meal so that you do not get drained during the journey. Also, keep a water bottle with you so that dehydration does not become a complication.
4. Gear and Equipment
Before entering into the water, it is important to have all the prescribed gear with you so that once you are in the water, you do not need to recourse. As we know there are different styles of kayaking with certain distinctions between them. Always choose the gear which will suit your specific kayaking style. The basic gear shall include a Body gear, A life jacket, and a paddle. Make sure to keep the safety life jacket on every kayaking journey.
5. Mental Strength
Kayaking is one of those thrilling hobbies that will make you both physically and mentally tough. There will be instances where you will be faced with challenging routes and points. This is where your instinct will come in. Your mind will recollect your past experiences and enable to successfully maneuver through different moments. This is a very healthy practice and you can somewhat label it as food for the brain.
6. Safety Precautions
A kayaker whatever skill level he may be, should always follow the safety precautions placed by the relevant authorities and shall not abuse them at any instance. So that the journey becomes stress free for both the kayaker and the relevant authorities. Cooperation is a must when it comes to following the code of conduct.
7. Life-Changing Adventures
Anything that brings a person close to nature, will surely impact in a positive way to its personal and practical life. The kayaker will essentially start to feel calmer. It can also be a remedy for anger and depression. First-hand experience can also bring back the recollection of memories. The positive moments of the past combined with a soothing journey will enable the kayaker to view life differently. It will surely leave a positive impact on him in the future.
8. Study the Water
Whenever you enter the waterbed especially when you are a beginner. It is of grave importance to contact an experienced fellow kayaker. The experienced kayaker will guide you in certain ways, he will explain the route to you and also inform you about the safety precautions that you should adopt. This will further make your journey hassle-free. Once you’ve honed your skills of kayaking, you can study the water yourself.
Now let us share with you some of the basic kayaking skills that you can easily perform while you are on your journey:
- Forward stroke: It is as simple as it gets. It involves three key movements. Firstly wind up and balance the paddle. Then put the paddle in the water at one side and unwind for the next stroke i.e. putting the paddle back into the water on the opposite side. You should keep your torse aligned for a leveled movement. In terms of arm position, Push the paddle with the upper hand and pull the paddle with the lower hand.
- Turning stroke: This skill will enable the kayak to turn in the direction in which the paddle is place. This will simply require inserting the paddle into the water and then paddling from one side to the other. Whatever side the blade is in the water. Kayak moves in that direction. The problem with this skill is that the kayak will lose the already build up forward momentum.
- Sweep stroke: Sweep stroke will solve the problem of losing the forward momentum while changing the direction of the kayak. It beings far from in front of the kayak sweeps way wide and continue until the paddle reaches the stern of the back of the kayak. This will enable us to turn the direction of our kayak without losing any of the forward momentum.
Let us hope that my two bits of information will help kayaks and further add to their journeys and adventures. Kayaking is all about fun and excitement, always keep it simple. This is one of those activities that is associated with nature. It will only add positives to the life of the kayaker. Happy Kayaking!