Basic guide about kayaking for beginners (Part 1)

In recent years, the kayak hobby has become very popular. With all-purpose utility, a Kayak allows you to quietly explore wherever you like. You can go to a beautiful estuary area. Or enjoy a poetic setting that you will not be able to see from the shore. Kayak is maneuverable and full of fun, suitable for such diverse needs. But when you start, you also need to equip yourself with boat knowledge to make full discoveries

Basic types of Kayaks

Recreational kayaks

Recreational kayaks are the best type of boat to enjoy gentle days on a calm water. Because it provides primary stability, if you are a new player, you can be assured. In addition, Kayak boats are suitable for photographers and fishermen. Even ordinary rowers on rivers, ponds, and lakes. However, this type of boat is not suitable for use in open waters. And also where there is wind or ocean currents.

Travel kayaks & sea kayaks 

This type of boat was built for long trips in open water. It provides stability to the boat under extreme conditions. Nonetheless, most boats of this type are suitable for excursions in still waters.

Tourist kayaks are usually from 3.5 to 5 meters long. The hull of the boat is massed so that it can lift when facing waves or rough water. Most have baffles with sealed hatches to keep the storage area dry, which increases safety. These partitions keep air. So allow the boat to float even when the cockpit is full.

Most of these have fins and rudders. You can use fins to improve your boat’s ability to navigate in a straight line. It is much easier to control the boat when entering the ocean currents or when the wind blows. Steering wheel allows the boat to bend crabs more easily. The cockpit seems to be built to increase the efficiency of rowing. But it can make some people feel limited. The boat is made of PE, ABS or composite resin.

Water Polo


Water polo was officially played at the Olympic Games in 1900.

However, it is not England or Germany that Hungary is the most successful. The Hungarian team once owned the famous player Deszo Gyarmati. This player helped the Hungarian team to win 4 Olympic gold medals.

In addition to competing in the Olympic Games, water polo has many specialized tournaments. Specifically, the world water ball championships, the European countries championships, the teams of Germany, England, Hungary are the strongest water teams in the world.

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How to play water polo

As mentioned above water polo has a similar playing method as handball. The two teams compete against each other in 4 innings, each playing for 7 minutes. The player scores by throwing the ball to the opponent’s goal keeper.

During the game, players can only use one hand to play. Only two goalkeepers from the two teams are the only ones who can use their hands to play the ball. Each team will play 7 players on the field including the goalkeeper. The number of substitutes for each offense is 6. After scoring, each team has the right to replace these 6 players in turn.

Besides playing, players also need to follow the rules of the game. Specifically, do not hold the ball for more than 30 seconds, do not use two hands to play the ball. Players on each team cannot stay on the opponent’s side of the field for more than 20 seconds.

During the course of the game, you must not throw water at the opponent, avoiding faults. In official water polo matches, if a player fails five times, he will be allowed to leave the pitch. After each foul, the opponent will receive a free throw.

In official play it is like that but the water ball can be played very spontaneously. On hot summer days just gather a few people pool who split into 2 teams. Then proceed to play ball. Water polo will help you enhance your ability to swim and move underwater.

With the introduction of the water polo game, you must already have a better understanding of this sport. And still hesitate, don’t play with water friends and friends right away.

Synchronized swimming

Maria of Thunder: Olympic champion athletic performance in synchronized swimming (Part 3)

The competition in the national team is very difficult, the talented juniors exhale at the back, but Maria finds her place in the team. As a relatively large girl (172 cm tall, weighing 61 kg), in the team, she played the role of “Atlanta”. That is, in the supports, she’s downstairs and holding a teammate on her shoulders, is a springboard to jump. At the same time, it is strictly forbidden to touch the bottom with her feet, this athletic work she does while holding the water.

Ball and back

In 2008, after winning the second Olympic Games, Maria Gromova decided to suspend her career. After the victories in all possible tournaments, it is hard to find the next motivation for the performances, and the athlete leaves the pool.

She spends her free time sensibly, devoting it to her studies. Unlike many athletes, she chose not to be a institute of physical culture, but an institute of economics, management and law.

However, it is always difficult to accomplish career after only twenty-four years. Two years later, Maria Gromova, along with several other girls in group exercises, returned to the team and began preparing for the 2012 London Olympics.

Tatyana Pokrovskaya has prepared the Lost World Islamic program for the main tournament for four years, the preparation taking place in strict secrecy. Opponents from other teams have repeatedly borrowed particularly spectacular techniques from the Russian team and try to avoid repetition.

The new program has a lot of the most complex technical elements, has about ten emissions and support. Special responsibility rests with Mary, who, with such factors, is a special foundation for a complex project. However, she did her job perfectly and helped the team to another victory, thus becoming the Olympic champion three times.

In 2012, Maria Gromova made the final decision to leave the sport and leave a positive career.

Synchronized swimming

Maria of Thunder: Olympic champion athletic performance in synchronized swimming (Part 2)

Switch to adult level

At the age of sixteen, Maria Gromova entered the country’s main team, under the command of the head coach in synchronized swimming Tatyana Pokrovskaya. Orders in the team are quite difficult. Basically a maximist, Pokrovskaya sought to sharpen every element of the program to an ideal level, forcing her students to repeat the same repetitions.

The pool where the synchronous training took place was empty after the evening, swimmers and people jumped out of the tower, but Maria Gromova and her friends on the team practiced to the point of exhaustion, sometimes pulling up to twelve o’clock at night. Under such conditions, it is not even necessary to strictly control young girls outside the training, as they themselves do not have any needs other than rest and sleep.

These extraordinary efforts are not in vain, the Pokrovskaya wards have always taken first place in major tournaments. In 2001, Maria Gromova became a world champion in group exercises for the first time in her life, then the same year she won the European Cup.

Collect medals

For the first Olympics in 2004, Moscow athletes were in the state of many world champions. In 2003, another gold medal of the world championship was won, and the European Cup won. However, the Olympic Games are a special tournament in which sports fans forget about hockey and football and discover other sports, including synchronized swimming.

During preparation, the stop in the country’s national team became the real barracks. Each day has two training sessions, each lasting at least five hours. After such a drill, the movement of the girls at the tournament became automaticism, they performed the hardest dance steps and assisted with a smile on their faces.

Opponents from China and Spain have tried to catch up to Russian women, but that was not possible. So in 2004, Maria Gromova became the first Olympic champion for the first time in her life.

Water Polo


Water polo is no stranger to people today. However, the origin of this underwater handball is not well known. So in this introduction, we would like to send you courtesy originating water polo. Let’s explore!

What is water polo?

Water polo is a sport played under the water team. Each participating team consists of 6 players and 1 goalie. The match of the team that scores more points will win. Water polo is a combination of the movements of swimming and throwing the ball on land. Water polo also has many similarities to ice hockey. Because it requires players with many skills and high physical foundation.

History of water polo sport backgrounds

Water polo has a long history of development. The following are the major stages of development for water polo.

Stage of formation

According to some documents, water polo was born in England in the year 1869. Initially, the sport had a similar play to rugby. People often play water balls in rivers or lakes in England.

Water polo was born in 1869 in England

The ball used to follow at the time originated from India. This ball is called pulu. Many hypotheses suggest that the pulu name is sympathetic to the name water polo. In this early stage, people used to mark the subject. Or goalkeepers can also be sitting on rowing boats. The rules at that time were not as complete as they are now.

Water polo is a competition that can be played underwater. And like any other sport, there is its own rule in water polo competition. So what is the rule of the ball? Let’s find out!

Development stage

After the early period, the water ball has been improved. Water polo is popular in many countries. By 1900, water polo officially became an official sport at the Olympic Games. It is also one of the oldest team sports at the Olympics. Germany is the country participating in most water polo competitions at the Olympics. In 1928, the excellent German team won an Olympic gold medal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Synchronized swimming

Maria of Thunder: Olympic champion athletic performance in synchronized swimming (Part 1)

For many consecutive Olympic cycles, the Russian women’s synchronized swimming team systematically collected all the first prizes at major tournaments around the world. One of the gold mermaid of this team is Maria Gromova, who has performed successfully at a high level for more than ten years. During this time, she won three Olympics, to become a world and European champion.

In the article below, let’s look into the life of the Russian women’s synchronized swimming team!

Pool life

Maria Igorevna Gromova was born in Moscow in 1984. Her parents sought to ensure that their daughter participated in sports, tried to attach her to aerobics, figure skating, and skating. However, for these sports, little Masha is a bit big, so I have to find other ways. So synchronized swimming appears in the biography of Maria Gromova. An important role in the final decision was made by the fact that it was the least traumatic sport and the risk of harm to health was minimized here.

Masha went to the pool at the age of six, like all children, for the first time she learned how to float, swim. Gradually, the girls in her group began to perform a number of factors, to reveal their abilities to their mentors. Maria’s first coach was Elena Piskareva, who had been with her throughout her career.

At first, Gromova herself did not want to overcome herself, to perform long-lasting exercises. Like all children, she wants to play, hang out with friends. However, that happened when she failed to perform at a number of children’s competitions, standing at the bottom of the group. There was a leap forward here, and the girl began reaching out to her friends, trying to be the best. As a result, she began to fall into the national junior team of the country, one year younger than girls her age.


Rowing is the ‘most in need of fitness’ water sport

Although historical records show that its origins date back to centuries, boat racing has been a sport for the past 200 years.

The interest increased after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge competed in the River Thames in 1829, which is the confrontation that continues to this day with the annual sailing competition.

And with the Olympics, the competition is even more intense because there is a medal measure with the participation of dozens of countries.

The boat race at Eton Dorney is 2,200 meters long and the 200 meter long race is divided into six lanes. Boat racing is present at every Olympics and was first launched at the Olympics in Paris in 1900. From July 28 to August 4, 550 athletes (353 men and 197 women) will compete at Eton Dorney.

About 8 seater racing boat

The master is the person responsible for steering the boat, giving orders and adjusting the other eight members on board. The middle positions (seats 4, 5, 6) are for the strongest athletes on the 8-person racing boat. They are the main resource.

Seat number 8 is the holding position, this athlete will decide the rowing pace of the team. There are a total of 14 medal events, of which 8 are for men and 6 for women. Rowing requires rigorous training and athletes must exercise during extreme weather.

Rowers use almost full-body muscles when sailing, especially leg, back and arm muscles with a complex combination of limbs and perform very well. Therefore, boat racing is one of the most physically demanding subjects in the Olympics. Rowing is competed in groups and is a group development skill for group communication.

You do not need to be an Olympic standard athlete to enjoy the sport in the UK because there are clubs that facilitate participation in social events outside of the regular competition.

There are 55,000 people from 520 clubs in the UK at least once a week and in the UK there are about 300 events across the UK and membership costs £ 35-450 per year.


What to prepare for a kayaking trip? (Part 2)


Easy “launching” a kayak requires practice, but it becomes easier if you practice repeatedly.

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 a paddle placed on the ground.

Enter the kayak in 3 steps as follows.

Feet: Step into the boat and slide forward so that the feet are in the footing position.

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

Knees: Place your 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 body. Contrary to appearance, rowing does not just use the arms. Larger muscle mass in the torso stronger in the torso holds much stronger 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.


A companion: Rowing alone can be a dangerous action, especially for newbies. Always accompany a companion.

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

Suitable clothes: Wear clothes not only according to the weather, but also according to the water temperature. Be prepared for a wet situation! Wearing multi-layered outfits is the key to comfort.


What to prepare for a kayaking trip?

Easy to play and fun to paddle, the kayak takes you to explore the new and vast underwater world. You can see 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.


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.


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

The waistline 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 it should be large enough for you to get out easily if a need arises.


What is kayaking? Things to know about Kayak (Part 4)

A suitable location for beginners kayaking

Now, you have a good understanding of what kayaking is! If you want to do the first kayaking, choosing the location is very important. If you are new to kayaking, you need to make sure you are experiencing it in an easy and guided location.

You will want a place where you easily get in and out of your boat. And one of our recommended kayaking tips is to choose somewhere where the water is calm.

The lake and the calm river are the right places to start. The lakes do not have any tides for you to worry about, or you can choose a river without tide to appear. And make sure the water doesn’t flow too fast, and you shouldn’t paddle too far from the shore.

Things to note when kayaking

Safety is the most important factor when you are sailing on water or participating in any water activities. Here are the safety tips you should keep in mind.

Make sure you always have a way to contact someone or call for help when you are out sailing. For example, you can buy a waterproof phone bag or hold your phone in a dry bag with some other necessities.

Wear a relief device like a tool that can float on water or life jackets. They don’t need the easiest things, but they need to be really useful in dangerous situations.

Checking the weather and the tide will make you safer. Make sure you know the time of the tide and whether the weather can save you in a trapped situation.

Make sure you are wearing the right clothes. If it is going to be cold, make sure you bring some extra coats to keep your body warm, or you can choose wind and water-resistant jackets. If it’s hot, make sure you know how to protect your skin from the hot sun.

Hiring a guide when kayaking allows you to experience the area like locals, learn more about flora and fauna in and around the water. An experienced guide will guide you towards the right equipment and techniques while increasing the safety of your trip.

Hopefully, the above information will help you better understand the kayak as well as this fun rowing game!