Kayaking

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

BASIC STEPS GETTING THE KAYAK DOWN TO THE WATER

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.

STEPS FOR ADVANCE

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.

WHAT TO BRING?

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.