A kayak trip over whitewater can be a fully exciting, thrilling, and entertaining experience. However, there are some fundamentals that you should keep in mind before you proceed with a kayaking trip. First of all, a whitewater kayak activity requires the cooperation of gear to work.
While you don’t have to be in tip-top physical shape to do whitewater kayaking, you should at least have enough upper arm and shoulder power to use the paddles or oars properly and have the right amount of strength to recover yourself quickly in case something goes off.
It’s also advisable to practice holding your breath for some time in case you tip your boat and exercise your muscles so they are capable of handling the challenging moves of the sport.
Equipping Yourself To Do Whitewater Kayaking
The fundamental kayaking equipment that you’ll need for your next adventure over whitewater includes a kayak boat, paddle, helmet, sprayskirt, and lifejacket. These are must-haves for your convenience and safety. Booking a few lessons with a professional teacher and guide is generally a good idea before you actually go kayaking yourself, as you’ll know what you are doing and how to keep yourself safe.
In these lessons, you will know the fundamental kayaking moves such as rolling, bracing, and above all, wet exiting. Supplemental moves you can also learn include ferrying, peel-outs, and surfing.
Getting A Kayaking Boat
Even though you may rent a kayak at most gear shops, or the kayak itself may come with a kayaking trip pack, if you intend on buying your kayak, here are a few vital things to bear in mind. First of all, there are different types of kayaks such as touring kayaks, hobby/recreational kayaks, white water, and downriver kayaks (depending on the settings and purpose they’ll be used).
Recreational kayaks are all-purpose boats that are typically designed for average river travels. Touring kayaks, on the other hand, are designed for heavier and expanded outdoor adventures and are more strong and stable. They also have solid carriage power.
Whitewater kayaks are made to offer excellent maneuverability so they can properly turn around fast waters. They are shorter and have more circular bottoms.
Last but not least, downriver kayaks are special vessels that are made to move across river waters fast and are typically quite long and narrow. Plus, their straight keel enables them to move properly but they are a bit hard to maneuver.