Canoes and kayaks are two different things. A canoe is an open vessel whereby a person kneels o sits while using a single-bladed paddle. A kayak, on the other hand, is a closed vessel and the person uses a double-bladed paddle while sitting down with his or her legs extended.
Preparing for kayaking and canoeing tips
Try before you buy
Consider hiring or borrowing equipment because paddling is expensive, ensure that you enjoy kayaking and canoeing before buying your own equipment.
Join a club
If you want to learn paddling faster, join a local club. You can as well learn through reading, reading can reduce injury risks and improve your skills.
Be a competent swimmer
Before trying kayaking and canoeing, you should be a good swimmer so that in case anything happens, you can save yourself.
Basic kit for canoeing and kayaking
Below are some of the things you should never forget when going paddling.
Personal flotation device
Spray deck and wetsuit booties
Items not to forget when canoeing and kayaking
A waterproof bag containing clothes
First aid kit
Mobile phone inside a waterproof container
Pack of energy drink
Extra equipment for sea kayaking
Spare paddle, waterproof floating torch, compass, marine radio, signal devices and a bailing device.
Safety suggestions for kayaking and canoeing
Make sure you know about potential risks
You should know how to paddle
Wear your flotation device and helmet
Know how to use a first aid kit
Consider checking weather conditions before paddling
Never paddle alone
Drink a lot of water
Ensure that the equipment is in good condition
Things to keep in mind
The best way to learn paddling is by joining local clubs
Kayaking and canoeing involve paddling
Make sure you are well prepared for the activity ahead of you.