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Sea Kayaking at Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia
Sea Kayaking at Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is differentiated from canoeing by the fact that they use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoers will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1313 KB) Summary I took this photo myself. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1313 KB) Summary I took this photo myself. ... A kayak is a small human-powered boat. ... Canoeing is the recreational or sporting activity of paddling a canoe or kayak. ... A paddle is a tool, originally a propulsion implement for mixing or pushing against liquids, typically in order to propel a boat. ...


Whitewater kayaking involves taking a kayak down rapids. Sea kayaking sometimes also referred to as Ocean Kayaking involves taking kayaks out on to the ocean or other open water. Sea kayaking can involve short paddles with a return to the starting point or "put-in" or expeditions covering many miles and days. Kayaking of all kinds has continued to increase in general popularity through the 1990's and early 21st century. Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a river. ... ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Animated map exhibiting the worlds oceanic waters. ...


Kayaks are classified by their intended use. There are five primary classifications: whitewater, surf, touring/expedition, light touring/day tripping and general recreation. From these primary classifications stem many sub-classes. For example, a fishing kayak is simply a general recreation kayak outfitted with features and accessories that make it an easier kayak to fish from. Also within these classifications are many levels of performance which further separate the individual models. In other words, not all touring kayaks handle the same.


There are two major configurations of kayaks - "sit on tops" which as the name suggests involves sitting on top of the kayak in an open area and "cockpit style" which involves sitting with the legs and hips inside the kayak hull and a "spray skirt" that creates a watertight barrier around your waist. Whether a kayak is a sit-on-top or a cockpit style has nothing to do with which classification it falls under. Both configurations are represented in each of the five primary classifications.


Kayaks are propelled by hand-held paddles and can also be outfitted with various types of supplementary sails. A paddle is a tool, originally a propulsion implement for mixing or pushing against liquids, typically in order to propel a boat. ...


There is also Sprint kayaking, in which you race and gain medals. All sprint kayaks are cockpit style and very tippy. Sprint and Whitewater kayaking is the only types of kayaking in the Olympics.


See also

Canoe polo (called kayak polo in some countries) is a competitive ball sport played on water, in a defined field, between two teams of 5 players, each in a kayak. ... A kayak is a small human-powered boat. ... Canoeing is the recreational or sporting activity of paddling a canoe or kayak. ... Canyoning in the Rocky Mountains Canyoning (also known as canyoneering) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming. ... Playboating is a discipline of kayaking or canoeing where the paddler performs various technical moves in one place (a playspot), as opposed to whitewater canoeing or kayaking where the objective is to travel the length of a section of river (although whitewater canoeists will often stop and play en-route). ... Squirt Boating is a form of Whitewater kayaking or canoeing where the boat is designed to be as low in volume as possible while still allowing the paddler to float. ... In whitewater kayaking, boofing refers to the raising of a kayakers knees, while applying the final paddle stroke, when approaching a waterfall at speed. ... ...

External links

  • Kayakwiki - A wiki website (like wikipedia) about kayaks and kayaking.
  • Wikipaddle - Online canoe and kayak wiki guide

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Kayaks differ distinctly in design and history from canoes, which are more flat-bottomed boats propelled by single-bladed paddles, although some modern canoes may be difficult for a non-expert to distinguish from a kayak.
Kayaks (Inuktitut: qajaq, Inuktitut syllabics: ᖃᔭᖅ) were originally developed by the Aleuts and Inuit indigenous peoples living in the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland, who used the boats to hunt on inland lakes, rivers and the coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.
These first kayaks were constructed from stitched animal skins such as seal stretched over a wooden frame made from collected driftwood, as many of the areas of their construction were treeless.
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