Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a low-to-the-water, canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation. Most kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.
How Kayaking Looks Like ?
Kayaks can also be classified by their design and the materials from which they are made. Each design has its specific advantage, including performance, manoeuvrability, stability and paddling style. Kayaks can be made of metal, fibreglass, wood, plastic, fabrics, and inflatable fabrics such as PVC or rubber, and more recently expensive but feather light carbon fiber. Each material also has its specific advantage, including strength, durability, portability, flexibility, resistance to ultraviolet and storage requirements. For example, wooden kayaks can be created from kits or built by hand. Stitch and glue, plywood kayaks can be lighter than any other material except skin-on frame. Inflatable kayaks, made from lightweight fabric, can be deflated and easily transported and stored, and are considered to be remarkably tough and durable compared to some hard-sided boats.
Why Kayaking The Best Outdoor Activities ?
Those who paddle do it for a number of different reasons. Some do it for fun, for exercise, as a way to float around and enjoy the water, for fishing, and some even use it for transportation.
If you love to kayak but are getting bored with just paddling around your usual lake, river or ocean bay then combining your outing with a different activity can really freshen up the experience and add a whole new fun factor.
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Below are some excellent examples of activities you can combine with kayaking activities :
Is one of my favorites. I love to take pictures, although I most definitely do not have a photographer's eye or talent. Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer taking pictures while out in your kayak will allow you to get some pretty unique shoots. you will have access to hard to reach locations and angles, be able to get up close to wildlife and view some amazing sunsets and sunrises. Some of my favorite photography shots that I have seen have been taken from a kayak.
b). Bird Watching
If you are into birds then be sure to bring your binoculars and your camera. Birds are in abundance while kayaking as they swoop over top of you and chirp in the trees. I have a friend who is a bird photographer and he will wait in his kayak all day peacefully enjoying his surroundings until he gets one or two phenomenal bird shots. This is also a great way to learn about the different birds in your area.
This is one of the most common activities to combine with kayaking. Many anglers love to use a kayak for fishing. The fact that a kayak is self-powered means there is no motor making noise to scare the fish off. The shape of a kayak allows you to enter people who also bring their inflatable kayak aboard their motorboat so they can anchor their main boat then use their kayak to reach the prime fishing locations away from other boaters.
if you are into camping, kayaking is a great way to travel to your destination. Bring your pets, bring the kids, load up the kayaks and off you go. A fantastic summer activity.
e). Wildlife Viewing
One of my favorite things about paddling is viewing all the wildlife. Depending on your area you may be fortunate enough to see moose, deer, bears, caribou, whales, crocodile and many other types of animals. The peacefulness of a kayak often allows you to pass by without disturbing or scaring the animals.
I have said it before and I still believe that kayaking can be an excellent form of meditation. The rhythm of the strokes and the way the mind tends to just tune out brings a peacefulness that personally I find hard to get elsewhere. You might be tired at the end of your paddling trip but you will also likely feel refreshed and clear headed.
if you have a kayak anchor you can anchor your kayak and swim in some pretty cool locations. A great way to cool off after paddling for a while in the heat. Just make sure you practice how to get back into your kayak before you're out in the middle of the water.
Of course there is no question that paddling is great exercise and provides a pretty awesome core workout. One great thing about kayaking is that you can set goals and really see the improvement you are making.
Have you ever had a picnic in your kayak? It is a lovely experience especially if you are in a tandem kayak and get to share it with a friend. In my experience the most ideal kayak picnic is in a convertible inflatable kayak where you are able to move the seats. That way you can adjust one of the seats so that it is facing the other and then have the picnic in the middle. Just make sure one person is cognoscente of where you are floating.
Sometimes to come up with great ideas or to organize the ideas you already have it is necessary to get away from the hussle and bussle of your daily life. going out in your kayak could be just the thing you need to put together some brilliant ideas and organize your thoughts.
10 Of The Best Sea Kayaking Sports In The World You Must Try!!!
1- Kenai Fjords National park
2- Crete's Southern Coast
3- The Dalmatian Coast
4- The Belize Barrier Reef
5- Galapagos National Park
6- Fijian Islands
7- Baja - The "Mexican Galapagos"
8- Sermilik Fjord, Greenland
9- Halong Bay, Vietnam
10- Grand Teton National Park
11- Nam Ha River Journey, Laos
12- White Water Rafting at Gopeng, Perak
13- Phang Nga Bay Kayaking, Phuket, Thailand
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