Coming up with a new sport or hobby is both thrilling and fearsome too.
Canoeing is commonly connected to water lovers.
For the first time shaking in water doesn’t like by some people whereas many take it as adventurous and exciting.
Paddling is cycling both are the sides of a single coin.
Fearsome atthe start but when you know the technique easy to use.
But without any prior guidance do not think of moving into the water there’s much to learn.
Canoes traces are found in early human history.
The initial underground shelter was found in the Netherlandsin 8200 BC.
Initially, they were used for long tours on high seas and to conquer new lands, also daily necessities are being fulfilled through it.
With the passing time adjustments are made on technical grounds but the basic structure still presides.
Who can use it?
Are you an explorer or outdoor lover if yes! The canoe is for you.
If you don’t how to swim to counter this if you are wearing a buoyancy aid that’s enough.
Canoeing is an excellent way to calm yourself from rough and tidy life in towns.
Where to start?
Starting with paddling although seems an absurd question to ask. But many don’t know where to paddle.
If you are a newbie or fresher it is better to start at a slow pace, a practice where there is a canal, a lake, or a slow-moving river.
And when you became intermediate or upgrade a little bit move to upper scale-like to sheltered ocean bays and faster rivers, and then little higher to the gnarly whitewater river descents and then open seas.
Differences between Kayaking and Canoeing
The line between a canoe and a kayak very thin.
It is hard for inexperienced to differentiate.
So it better to know the differencebefore buying the wrong stuff or boat.
Below are the prominent differences between a canoe and a kayak boat.
- Design of the Vessel
- A kayak is a circled vessel with a wide space in the center where you can extend your feet when you sit.
On the contrary, a canoe is a free vessel that enables you to sit on a seat with a kneel facing forward direction.
A kayak has a lengthy paddle with cross blades on both sides.
While the canoe has a sleek paddle only one blade can also be shifted from one side to another.
- Mass of the Boat
Canoes are lighter while Kayak boats are heavier to lift.
The point of difference is that a canoe swims on the edges while a kayak is wider and heavier and thus easily swims in oceans and seas.
- The pace of the Boat
Kayakstend to be faster and more nimble due to their thin framework.
But canoes are lighter and have greater stability and roominess.
Basic considerations for Beginners
After gaining your interest in the article now we will tell you what basic considerations you should seek before paddling.
You don’t want to wait anymore let’s get into it:
- Personal Flotation Device
Life safety at first! Whether you are a pro or a beginner.
Must have a coastguard approved personal flotation device.
The foremost point to consider.
Do not get fooled by water’s calmness.
- Selecting the Right Sword
Before going to war the first step is to select a comfortable sword.
The same is the case with water tides, if you select uncomfortable canoeing then possibly you get into serious trouble.
Select the canoe according to your expertise and requirement.
- A Helmet
An appropriate and comfortable helmet is also a priority. As this will guard your head against rocks.
Opting for Water sandals is not a healthy choice as they are less protective than booties.
How to paddle in a straight line
Assuming you are paddling with your colleague on a single bicycle, your roles in the canoe will come in the same domain.
The person at the front or simply you can say Engine i.e. the bow paddler inserts force on paddles forgetting about directions
The direction is controlled by the person residing at back, the stern paddler, who controls the driving wheel and doesn’t feel any pressure.
To conclude, before diving in all types of equipment should be checked properly.
Prior training and guidance must be a need for successful paddling.
Paddling teaches you the art of becoming physically and mentally fit.
When you are a starter check the difference between kayaking and canoeing at the start or you can consult a professional canoer.
From buying or rent of PFD to shoes all types of equipment should be selected appropriately.