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Things to know about kayaking (Part 3)

Is kayaking difficult?

This water sports can be suitable for many different age groups, depending on the difficulty of the water flow. In general, kayaking can be considered a “moderately difficult” level because you need to use the strength of your arms and shoulders to use the paddle and push the boat forward.

Kayaking is less difficult in flat or upstream areas. And it can also be significantly more difficult to paddle on rapids and strong reverse currents. Setting the right paddle rhythm can prevent muscle fatigue during paddling, as well as rest as often as possible to enjoy the scenery.

If you are planning a canoeing and sightseeing in calm waters, you can slowly drift along the river, breathe the fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature beckoning. If you are planning on paddling on rapids at a high speed, you may find it a little more difficult.

In short, this is a difficult sport if you have never known what kayaking is. For most water sports lovers, however, kayaking is an entertaining, relaxing and fun sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.

What items and equipment do you need when doing Kayaking?

Kayaking is a sporty activity with quite simple equipment. There are only a few essential items are the must, although other assistive devices may become necessary as the intensity increases. The basic equipment for a kayaking adventure are:

  • Biplane paddles: the choice of a paddle with anti-wind features that pushes your boat forward with ease and is an important tool for a kayaking excursion.
  • Helmets: head protection is essential and important in outdoor activities.
  • Life jackets: when playing water sports you run the risk of falling into the water and wearing a life jacket is a sensible way to keep you afloat. See also how to choose a Kayak boat to learn more about the types of life jackets to use.
  • Waterproof tops and pants: small waves and active paddling can get your clothes wet. The right outfit will keep you dry and comfortable during your kayaking adventure.
  • Goggles: if you’re going to paddle on challenging roads, the use of goggles may be necessary to keep your view of sight.
  • Durable shoes: owning a quality shoe is a must. Even when getting in and out of a kayak, you want a reliable shoe that ensures stability and comfort.
  • Waterproof bag: will keep any valuables dry while you paddle on the water.