Kayak Rules And Water Conduct

Kayaking can be fun and exciting and if the rules of kayaking are followed it can help to make the sport easier, safer and more fun.

Safety of course is important and when safety is mentioned it usually means in case of accidents or mishaps in the water, however there are some safety rules to follow that have nothing to do with either of these. When talking of safety rules in kayaking the first is kayaking is a sport that while it is enjoyable alone a kayaker should never go out alone, traveling with one or more other kayaks can be a lifesaver in some situations. Traveling with other kayakers one can still be solo, the other kayaks are not side-by-side.

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Stretching the body and warming the muscles is a rule that should be followed for several reasons, first it will help to keep muscles and tendons from being injured, second it will help to keep the body especially the legs from cramping and third it can help to mentally prepare the person for the adventure.

One rule to follow when kayaking is to learn and follow what expert kayakers know and that is to work the upper body and the lower body independently, however it each part should still work together. The hips are one part that should separate the movements, by becoming comfortable with this and the movements of leaning backward and forward in the beginning. This is one movement that will be part of the main ingredient in balancing the kayak on the edge, and a good rule to make a habit as a beginner.

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Another rule for using the body is to use the torso, rather than only using the forearms and shoulder muscles to power the paddles using the torso in a rotating motion that uses the back and upper chest muscles, will allow more power behind the paddle and will also allow a longer paddling time as the arms will not tire because they are not doing all the work alone.

 

Body movements are not the only rules to kayaking, there are others such as the blade of the paddle being active, to maintain speed and control of the kayak especially in whitewater as quickly as one movement of the paddle is complete the next should begin. Having the blade in the water gives control over what the kayak will do next, how smoothly it will glide through the water and does not leave the kayak to chance with what the water may have waiting, like currents and undertows.

The rules are simple and if followed they become habit making the kayaker more skilled and a safer person to kayak along with.