The amazing scenery, feelings of relaxation and enjoying the roll of a warm humid breeze against your face are just a few of the incredible reasons why recreational kayaking is good for you. Having the right recreational kayaks and accessories is not enough if one does not have the right skills. Here are a few cardinal rules of kayaking that will ensure that you make the most of your day out.
The posture of a paddler is very important during kayaking and the wrong sitting posture can lead to back pains. A paddler should always ensure that he/she sits up straight which allows the paddler to utilize the upper body effectively thereby providing adequate power and good movement. Paddling while leaning forward or backwards might end up wasting much of the effort on the arms which will leave the paddler really tired. In order to achieve a stroke that is efficient always ensure that the whole blade of a paddle is in the water.
For effective paddling, the paddler should always ensure that the arms are stretched fully and the width between the hands should be shoulder wide. Paddling with arms that are spaced too wide makes the paddler tire quite fast while a narrow spacing of the hand reduces the strength of stroke. Every paddle has two sides, the spine and the scoop. The scoop of the paddle should always face the paddler during forward paddling while the spine should face the paddler when moving backwards.
Beginners using recreational kayaks are known to apply unnecessary pressure on the paddle shaft otherwise known as a death grip which causes a lot of fatigue. Slightly opening the fingers creates a loose hold to the paddle which is more comfortable and effective. Having your Knuckles pointing upwards is one way of showing that a paddler is handling the paddle in the right manner.
Pop up buttons are now a common feature of modern paddles. They are placed at the center of the shaft to allow the paddlers to hold their blades at different angles mainly 30, 45 and 90 degrees. Beginners are known to keep their blades parallel to each other which is inappropriate for conditions which are windy since the wind may create a drag hence reducing the kayaks speed.
Getting back to the shore after a day out on a recreational kayak can sometimes become a toll order due to offshore winds which abruptly appear on the sea or ocean. Paddlers are advised to always engage the locals and make use of different media sources to understand the prevailing patterns of weather, conditions of the shoreline, and the currents that may be found on the sea, ocean or river to avoid accidents.
Tandem recreational kayaks are appropriate for a day’s trip into the waters with friends. Paddlers are however advised to avoid consumption of alcohol while kayaking or use of other drugs. Personal floatation devices are important equipments that every recreational kayaker should have. Although they are not very comfortable to wear, protective gear might save your life incase of an emergency.