Kayak With The Best Of Them
Before you learn advanced methods in kayaking, you must learn the basic paddle strokes. In the meantime advanced methods in kayaking vary, since most kayakers will adjust to their own method of strokes. One way to learn how to maneuver kayaks in whitewaters is to practice first. Practice will set you up to move toward advanced strategies. You could also practice with an experienced kayaker, which will give you an added advantage in learning.
What you need?
You need strength, balance, and skills to kayak. The best advice anyone could give you, is to advise you to ride with someone experienced until you get the hang of kayaking.
Who gets in the boat first? It depends, if you are in Europe the rule is both passengers hold equality, i.e. the stern person and the bow person can enter the boat jointly. If you are in the United States, the rule is the stern person enters the boat first, while the bow person holds the boat steady until the stern man is seated. The best deal is for both parties entering the kayak to remain in union and work together. How do I decide where an experienced passenger will sit in the boat? It depends. An experienced passenger could work just as well at the bow of the boat. In fact, the experience passenger at the bow could prove to be a keystone to the both of you. In fact, in International Rallies or competitions, the experienced passenger will maneuver the paddles at the bow in many instances. If the water conditions are swift and frequent, the bow passenger could prove beneficial as well, especially if the person has strength, skill, and experience combined. If the water currents are deep in some areas, and scoops down to sharper frequencies of shallowness in other areas (Read about unpredictable waters), the experienced man at the bow would prove beneficial as well. How do I determine who has the best view? The person at the bow of the boat has the best view, yet the stern man can see the whole picture ahead of you, i.e. if he has experience. The bow man has the best view, especially if this person is experienced, since he can look ahead to asses the water conditions, along with rapid changes in water movement to determine the best direction to take. Why do professionals paddle on the incorrect side of the kayak at times? Professionals often use a wide array of strokes for the purpose of navigating the kayak in the right direction. Sometimes the paddle will swerve upward on one side of the boat and swerve downward on the other side. This could be that the person paddling is in whitewaters with high currents, which is forcing him to focus on one angle. It could also be that the person isn’t ready to change angles at the moment. How do I determine the suited passenger weight? It depends. Are you considering whitewaters, or normal waters? If you are considering whitewater kayaking, then the person who weighs the most should ride at the bow. The passenger at the stern is the man that often views the whole picture, such as dangers in the water ahead of the team. If a passenger panics, and obstacles are visible that pose threats, and if the panicky man is at one end of the boat, thus the overall say rests on the stern passenger. In all, all members aboard the kayak should remain in union and avoid argument. While kayaking in whitewaters, you are already in danger, thus arguing will only increase the danger.