Kayaking is an exciting water sport that give you the opportunity to challenge yourself. In the following article, we will learn about this interesting water sport!
Kayak is the name for a small and narrow boat, invented and first used by the Eskimos living in the cold sub-arctic about 4000 years ago. Like most conventional boats, a kayak also has a deck, divided into one or more cockpits. Kayaks are also operated based on the human force acting on the paddle system.
However, the biggest difference of the kayak is that the deck is covered by a hard waterproof deck, which prevents water from being splashed or spilled from outside, wetting the operator.
In the Inuktitut language of the Eskimos, kayak means “hunter’s boat”. Through the name alone, we can understand the purpose that the Eskimos used this boat, right? They use kayaks mainly for hunting in lakes, rivers, and even in the calm coastal regions of the North Atlantic, Arctic Ocean, North Pacific, and Bering Seas.
Types of kayaks
1. Traditional kayak
In kayaking, the earliest kayaks in the history of human civilization are divided into three categories, corresponding to the three largest cradles that gave birth to kayaks including Baidarkas, East Greenland, and West Greenland.
The common point of these 3 traditional kayaks is that the core of the boat is made from the wooden trunk (Western Alaska) or the maxilla (East Inuit), covered with the thick skin of some animals such as seals, Antelope…
The Kayak is a relatively small and narrowboat, fully maneuvered, designed primarily to be propelled by hand paddles. Traditional kayaks have a deck and one or more cockpits, with one paddle for each seat.
These traditional kayaks are often made based on the boat owner’s body size. The boat length is usually three times the boat owner’s outstretched arm’s length, while the width is measured by the sum of the width of the hips with two hand fists.