A basic guide to familiarize yourself with kayaking (Part 2)

Basic steps to get the kayak down to the water

Place the kayak at the water’s edge (the bow of the boat faces the water), facing the boat again. Place the oars over the boat, behind the cockpit. Place the other end of the paddle on the shore, using it to keep the boat steady. Make sure that the paddle’s convex surface is in contact with the ground and its top is facing up.

With one hand on the paddle handle and the other hand at the mouth of the paddle, ready to slide into the cockpit. Maintain a low center of gravity when you enter the boat. Keep your weight on the side of the boat supported by the oars placed on the ground.

Entering the kayak

Enter the kayak in 3 steps as follows.

Feet: Enter the boat and slide forward so that the feet are at the foot level.

Sitting posture: Sit upright with your waist close to the back seat.

Knees: Place the knees below the wall of the cockpit.

Once on the water, the basic way to go forward is to take the leap forward. This paddle step is a push-pull motion when moving either end of the paddle over the water.

The key to a powerful and effective paddle step is the rotation of the torso. Contrary to appearance, rowing does not just use the arms. The large body mass in the torso is strong in the trunk, holding much more strength than the muscles in the arms. You will discover greater stamina and strength as you rotate your body while sailing.

With paddles in hand, most kayaks tend to pull the oar blades towards them. Equally important, push the paddle’s tongue strongly through the water. Aided by the rotation of his body, this repulsive motion creates enormous leverage, supports strength, and creates comfort when making strides forward.

Safety equipment

At a minimum, each kayaking rower in the group should be equipped with a personal flotation device (PFD), a flashlight, a rescue kit, and a communication device.

A basic guide to familiarize yourself with kayaking (Part 1)

Easy to play and fun to paddle, the kayak takes you to explore the new and vast underwater world. With this interesting water sport, you can find yourself floating on the water with starfish, slowly surfing an oasis filled with flowers and leaves, or dropping your soul amid the ocean waves.

Are you ready to depart there? This article gives you useful advice from experienced experts.

BEFORE DEPARTURE

You will have a more enjoyable and safer time underwater, with some important navigation and sailing skills on the back.

Before starting a boat trip, make sure you have practiced the necessary skills. Prepare as best you can, sailing in safe water, light winds, and airy traffic.

Speeding up so the boat capsizes situation doesn’t become a life-threatening situation. Without the right clothes, falling into cold water, or even cool water can pose a real threat to hypothermia.

Are you ready to go further? Always thoughtful planning before the trip, carefully considering the skill level of everyone in the delegation. When the day of the trip is approaching, check the weather. Updated changes in natural conditions, including wind speed and direction, water temperature, wave height, and tidal current strength. Read more about trip planning here.

ADJUSTMENT OF BOAT

A properly adapted kayak makes you more comfortable and more efficient sailing. Maintain the following 3 points of contact.

The waist section is close to the back seat. Sit in the cockpit and adjust the backseat to sit upright, or lean slightly forward.

The foot is on the pedal, the steering wheel controls. Adjust the pedal according to the length of the foot, keeping the knees slightly bent.

Knees have strong contact with both sides of the cockpit. Once you are above the water, this is how you will control the swaying motion of the boat.

Do not insert yourself too tightly into the boat. The seats only need to fit snugly enough to handle the boat, and they should be large enough for you to get out easily if the need arises.