Kayaking Basics For Fun And Sport
Kayaking is an interesting sport. Yet before you set off on a kayaking experience you want to know the essential techniques. Before you lower your kayak in the waters, you should consider a couple of details.
Questions in how to kayak:
First, how do you intend to carry your kayak to the water's edge?
Second, how do you intend to launch the kayak into the water?
Third, how do you intend to seat in the boat without flipping? Finally, do you own a new or older model kayak? (Hull Registration).
Before you answer these questions you will need to consider a few important details that could spare you trouble later.
First, the Hull Registration is the area you want to seek answers to your question. Why, because under this registration, by law, you have requirements you must consider when carrying, launching, seating, and so on. The manufactures of kayaks are under obligation to record details of hulls and title holders of kayaks and canoes. (Check under the rule kayak and owner protection)
The next rule is one of the more valuable tips anyone can offer you and that is the pre-launching inspections. In other words, each time you take your kayak into the waters, rather before you take the kayak into the water you must inspect the boat for any leaks. The idea is to reduce accidents.
How do I carry the kayak into the water?
First, it depends on what your intentions are. For instance, do you intend to compete in a race? Kayaks that compete in races are often lightweight, which means a single person can often carry the kayak. Few types of kayaks enable you to carry the boat solely, yet you must carry the boat a short distance and then grasp the left sideŁ at the middle. Once you have a firm grip lift the kayak onto the hip. You can also lower one side of the kayak into the water. You can continue to lower the boat into the water by pushing the kayak over the length of your thigh. If you have an American Kayak use a yoke to carry the boat over your head.
If you have someone to help you carry the kayak make sure that one person grabs the bow while the other grabs the stern firmly.
People who enjoy Whitewater kayaking might enjoy the spoon shaped blades and back paddles to enhance enjoyment.
Launching your kayak:
When preparing to launch your kayak make sure to launch the stern or bow first, while having an attached line to the boat. This will prevent chasing your kayak once it escapes. NOTE: Launching the stern first can make your task easier.
Single kayakers should lower one foot first into the boat and make sure the foot hits the center area of the kayak. Next, grasp both sides as you lower the body and move slowly to the middle of the kayak. If more than one passenger is riding with you, make sure one passenger at a time boards. The first passenger should board at the stern. The second passenger should have a firm grip on the gunwale. Furthermore, the second party should use the knees to steady the boat. Once the first passenger is seated, the second person must lift the bow of the kayak, positioning self to take a seat.
As for older or new models, the law has stipulations which all conform to the Hull Registration. The most important is to make sure your boat is safe to cruise, race, or float in the whitewaters.