|Written by Bill Hanks|
An individual sport that is gaining in popularity is kayaking. This is a tutorial that tells you what you need and where to begin in your kayaking adventure.
First, you need the proper equipment. You need a kayak. They come in four styles. It is what transports you down the river or across the lake. You need a paddle. A double bladed paddle is used for power and control. Like the kayak, they come in different sizes. A white water helmet, specially designed for kayaking, will protect your head from injury if you go under water in a rocky or tree laden area. A special floatation jacket( PFD) Personal Flotation Device is designed different that a regular life jacket. It sets you up higher in the water so that it is easier to use your arms. Spray skirt or deck it goes around the top hole of your kayak to keep water out and the lower part of your body warm and dry. Finally, you need an upper body jacket called a Dry Top. It keeps 95 percent of your top body warm and dry from the cold water.
Practice, on a pond or a small stream. Before you try any white water rapids, you need to practice. You must learn how to control and paddle your boat effectively. Using a small lake is a great place to start. You can then advance to a small stream with a current. Let the current do the work. You just practice using your paddle to steer.
When you get on a small stream, be prepared to get out, walk, carry or pull your kayak. There will be many places where the water is too shallow.
It is very important that you always let individuals know where you are going and the river route you will be taking. It is sort of like making a flight plan for an airplane. This way, if you get into trouble, you can be found easily.
Kayaking is a great way to build upper body strength. The thrill of riding out a white water rapid is exhilarating. It is also a fantastic way to bond with nature. Again, let me repeat. It is very important to practice and gradually improve your kayaking skills bore attempting any major water works.