Canoes and kayaks are boats that allow you to navigate the water with an oar. Moving downstream in these highly maneuverable boats, you will have time to see many new landscapes and enjoy the water element. Kayak canoeing is a sport that invites you to discover a new world of possibilities and experiences. Try it and you will quickly be seduced by a water practice available to everyone!
What is a kayak canoe?
A kayak canoe is good for both leisure and competition on the water, it is engaged in single-seater boats or with a crew (up to three seats).
Both kayaks and canoes have been known to man for a long time. The Indians navigated the canoe with a simple paddle, sitting or kneeling in the boat. The Eskimos also navigated a kayak by sitting, guided by a double paddle.
The kayak and canoe are sailed in standing or spring water (ponds, lakes, canals, rivers, streams) and in marine environments (seas, estuaries, oceans).
Types of sports practices here are varied: walking, canoe polo (kayak basketball), racing, river rappelling, slalom, marathon, kayak surfing, kayak rodeo (freestyle), and extreme kayaking (rappelling down a waterfall).
Canoe kayak rules
Kayak canoeing is a water sport where you have to know how to swim. But even swimmers can’t go anywhere without a safety vest – it keeps them on the water well in case of a fall (beginners rarely fall from a kayak, but it’s much easier to climb aboard in a vest).
Beginners are better suited to a kayak than a canoe. This is the boat preferred by most paddling schools. The kayak’s double paddle will make it easier to steer and support on the water and learn left and right movements.
It is recommended that you begin kayaking in a calm body of water. Choose an inflatable kayak for easy transportation. We recommend Itiwit – they conform to ISO 6185-1 which means you can stay afloat even if one of the 3 valves is punctured.
Now let’s talk about canoes. It’s a less stable boat, where the high position of the paddler on the water makes it more difficult to keep the balance and using a simple paddle on one side only makes handling the boat more sensitive.
The principle of steering a canoe is to move the oar in the water to steer the bow of the boat to the destination. How to steer the boat to change course quickly you will learn fairly quickly and with each new outing you will hone your skills to evenly distribute the power for the entire route.
What are the benefits of a kayak canoe?
Sports in the sun and clean air are soothing, revitalizing, and most importantly, they strengthen your body. Here the muscles of the arms (biceps, triceps), back (dorsal) and abdomen (abdominal abs) are primarily involved – they play a key role in pulling the oar. The leg muscles, in turn, ensure the stability of the boat. And, importantly, this sport also develops a sense of balance, memory, hearing and observation.
Is a canoe kayak right for you?
The first advantage of this sport is its accessibility to anyone who can swim.
You can start with small water walks, gradually lengthening the route, gaining speed and improving your paddling technique.
There are many rivers, lakes and reservoirs where you can practice the sport, discovering new and beautiful places.
Canoeing can be enjoyed even with the whole family, provided that everyone observes the safety requirements – the ability to swim and safety vest. Take a vest on a water trip at all times, no matter how long the trip is, and don’t forget a waterproof phone case and a bottle of water. Check the weather forecast – headwinds, tide or currents can make a big difference to your water trip.