Things to prepare before entering the game with inflatable Kayak (Part 2)

Kayak has the beauty that players can conquer from low to difficult levels. From static environments such as rivers, lakes, bays, etc. temple estuaries, streams, waterfalls, seas, etc. Consider to choose the right type for you.

2. Prepare rescue when participating in inflatable kayaking

Sit at the right load

Kayaks are designed for 1-2 people rowing. Therefore, depending on whether the boat is single or double, the weight of the occupants is how much to estimate the number of seats for the correct load.

Fully equipped and proficient in the use of rescue equipment including life buoys, life jackets even when you know how to swim in case of emergencies such as water overflowing, boat capsizing, boat sinking, etc.

Survey and understand the terrain, plan the distance and especially do not forget to see the weather forecast to be able to take the initiative in any situation.

The process of boating, rescue and rescue always complies with the instructions of the team leader, the head, or the rescuers.

3. Note on the attire and accessories included in the sailing

Apparel and accessories suitable for inflatable kayaking are sports apparel, or items that fit comfortably. Wear athletic shoes or sandals with straps

Necessary accessories are glasses, raincoats

Electronic devices such as phones, watches, cameras, etc. need waterproof protection

Other notes

When inflatable Kayak, keep in mind things as follows.

Should follow the union, should not go individually, should not arbitrarily separate groups, do not stand on the boat, do not litter indiscriminately.

Start sailing in calm waters until acclimated and become fluent enough to move on to more rugged terrain.

Inflatable kayak paddles usually come in two types: short oars and long oars. The oars are short with a short paddle, but push the boat faster than the long paddle.

The paddle-shaped square paddle is easier for beginners, while the pros choose the feathered paddle.

Sit and row with the most comfortable posture and posture when sailing, don’t loosen your hands or hold it too tight.


Basic technique and guideline you should know when sailing (Part 3)

Maintain an “inclined angle” with the oar handle by gently pushing toward the bow when the blade surface is open, toward the stern when it is closed.


Lower the paddle’s tongue into the water on one side of the boat, then the other to slow down the thrust.

Start sailing backwards as needed. This is simply reversing the step forward.

Remember to turn your body while paddling backwards.


More than any other factor, the wind has a great effect on kayaking. Any wind above 18.5 km/h (10 knots) affects kayaks. (Water currents can also affect boats.) When on the water, your body or any part of the boat can catch the wind and create resistance. This will affect your speed and direction.

Upwind is the most difficult challenge for rowers. Usually the wind will push your boat in a direction different from the direction you want.

For example, if you want to row in the direction of 12 o’clock, and the wind is coming from the direction of 2 o’clock, the stern will rotate and go straight towards the wind. Therefore, the bow will tilt in the wind.

How does the boat go in the direction you want? Block the wind with rowing steps, for example, perform a rowing step on the other side of the boat. Or you can remove the steering wheel. The rudder is primarily designed to control the stern and keep it from blowing in the wind. You can also use rudder, but rudder is mainly used to minimize wind influence.

In addition, you can also use boats with fins – fixed fins, which cannot rotate like rudders. The fins work like a rudder, but can’t be used to turn a boat, making it easier for you to travel in a straight line when you’re facing strong winds or when one hand tends to use too much force. compared to the other hand when performing the paddle.

Kayaking, Rowing

Basic technique and guideline you should know when sailing

This article will guide you on the basic techniques of sailing as progress, rotation and rowing control boat so you can row as you like.

Here are ways to hold the paddle

The distance between your hands when holding the handle of the paddle is approximately equal to the shoulder.

If the distance between your hands is too wide, you will have strong rowing force but quickly tired because the position of this hand requires more effort of the upper body to pull the paddle through the water.

If the distance between your hands is too narrow, then there is a high chance that your steps will have no force.

No matter where you hold the paddle, avoid holding it too tight, which can make you tired, instead, hold it comfortably, open your fingers a bit and hold the paddle moderately.

In each hand, press the forefinger and thumb and form an O-shape to hold the paddle handle comfortably. This is a favorite way of holding down, reducing fatigue, reminding you to push the paddle while padding forward.

When hands are placed in the correct position as follows.

The knuckles point up

Paddle blades erect

Beginners often use unfeathered paddle blades. Although, in windy conditions, the use of “feathered” (angled) paddle blades can reduce wind resistance.

When you pull the paddle out of the water, the wind can affect a flat paddle blade and cause it to catch the wind, creating resistance. Feathered paddle blades have a lower wind-less surface, creating less resistance. 

Most modern paddle handles have a switch in the middle that allows you to turn the oar blades 30 degrees, 45 degrees or 60 degrees. The common rotation angles are 45 degrees and 60 degrees.

Ideal angle? Depending on personal preferences and experience of each person. Most rowers prefer a larger angle because it reduces wind resistance. However, if this angle is greater than 60 degrees, the rower’s wrist will be painful, uncomfortable in the long run.


The step forward is the most basic movement when sailing, involving many factors, not just the arm force. A good stride is made possible by the effort to connect the upper part of the arm and the basic muscles (back, abdomen and glutes). Combining these muscle groups allows you to push the boat efficiently and without causing arm and shoulder fatigue.