Canoes and kayaks maybe confusing to some but its easy really easy to distinguish one from the other. Kayaking and canoeing both require a paddle for propulsion and steering. The most noticeable difference is the structure of the boats. Kayaks have a covered deck while the canoes are wide open. Kayakers extend legs and are seated low or sometimes on the deck and uses a double-bladed paddle. Canoeing on one hand sits on a raised sit or kneels on the bottom of the boat and uses a single-bladed paddle. …show more content…
A wider boat is suitable for bird watching, fishing or photography.
. The shape of the bottom has a lot to do with the stability of the boat.
There are three basic bottom shapes: Flat, Round and Vee.
Flat: This design has good stability in calm waters . However, it will not be stable for rougher waters. But this characterstic provides the easy turning (boat spin) in white- waters.
Round: May feel a little shaky when you first step in, but with experience it will feel more stable in most waters. Easier to propel through the water. It is built for speed and efficiency.
Tradeoff: difficult to balance in an upright postion
Vee: Offers a compromise between Flat and Round bottom design position. With a little practice, this design offers good all-around performance.
Profile or sides of of boat Many wider kayaks/canoes have a tumblehome design, meaning the sides actually curve inward as they come up creating narrower beam on the deck. This enables the paddler to more easily reach the water while still having the stability of a wider …show more content…
While seated, lean just slightly forward (around 5-8 degrees only) from the pelvis, back should be straight without being forced. Shoulder should be slightly ahead of hips, head, neck. The legs should be slightly bent, just enough so that you cannot push legs straight without moving on the seat. Too much leaning forward restricts lung capacity.
Good posture is key if you are to use your body efficiently. Do not lean on the backrest but just sit straight and relax your shoulder, opening the chest for ease in breathing. Keep legs together and feet against the footpegs. Adjust footpegs making sure that the knees can bend slightly and spread and press against the kayak for extra balance if necessary. Keeping legs together allows better torso rotation and paddling more efficient.
Third, learn the proper way of holding the paddle.