TIPS ON HOW TO PADDLE A KAYAK PROFESSIONALLY
Kayaking is one of the most popular water activities in the world since it can be practiced by almost everyone due to its easy-to-master skills and physical requirements that are needed to avoiding causing a mess on the environment in which the activity will be performed. However, while it is easy to learn kayaking, this doesn't mean that everyone gets the point or movement at the perfect angle which can lead to a reduction of the wanted performance. And this is not good, since kayaking needs some minor knowledge that is important to avoid ending in difficult or annoying situations. So, you should follow the next tips to start paddling a kayak in a professional way. Stay tuned.
Before starting with the tips, you should know the importance of paddling correctly without taking shortcuts in the lessons, if you don't want to suffer from a tired body that will be exhausted faster in comparison to those who develop their paddling skills in a correct way. Also, these techniques will prepare your mind to face any dangerous situation in which you can be involved due to the harsh conditions of the determined aquatic environment in which you will be practicing the activity. For that reason, you should master these tips as soon as possible to avoid ending in bad and dangerous situations. After that explanation, let's begin with the tips and recommendations.
Tip #1: Watch Your Sitting Position.
One of the basic things that every kayak beginning from the most basic one to the best one in the market have in common is the fact that you won't be able to perform at your 100% if you don't know how to sit properly in the kayak, and no one can't blame you for sitting incorrectly since almost every kayak counts with comfortable seats in their structure. However, since you will be paddling every single time during the activity, you need to hold your desires of getting comfort and guarantee the performance and efficiency. Remember that sitting straight with a good posture will end in a faster paddling and a better handling on the equipment while avoiding issues such as back pain.
The best posture for kayaking is the one in which you will be sitting upright and not leaning back. Also, your feet should be resting comfortably as ever and secure from the foot pedals of the kayak, and with that, your legs can flexed and splayed out to achieve the best balance between comfort and efficiency on the activity. These recommendations will be useful for your adventure since they can help in the fight against annoying back pain that is developed in those who don’t follow the security and recommended postures while sitting on the kayak. The good thing about this is the fact that it is not impossible to master. Most kayaks come with a back support which makes everything easier.
Tip #2: Proper Use of the Paddle.
There are two types of paddles in general speaking, one of which is called feathered kayak paddle and the other is unfeathered kayak paddle. The latter type is different due to their blades aligned along the same plane. On the other hand, feathered paddles are the opposite at some degree. The good thing of having two different types of styles is the fact that you can select the one that matches your handling skills and knowledge to avoid getting into annoying situations or lessons from something that you know how to handle. Without caring about which model is your paddle, you should twist the paddle when moving from one stroke to the next. In this way you can slice through the air and wind more easily, which means that your movements will be faster and efficient.
Feathered paddles in most cases are made for right-handed people. Your right hand will maintain firm but relaxed at the same time on the paddle during the whole activity. Your knuckles should be aligned with the edge of the gear and your other hand should be holding the paddle at a distance from the other blade to maintain a proper balance on the whole body. The whole point of paddle handling is the rotation of the paddle and the balance of the muscles. Master those points and everything will be easier for you on kayaking activities.