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Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is generally differentiated from canoeing by the fact that a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. However, there are many sit-on-top kayaks, and these boats are growing in popularity. They also 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. Canoeists will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat.

White water 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 i.e a lake. 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 1990s and early 21st century.

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How to Steer and Stroke in Kayaking

Kayaking is becoming one of the most popular sports today. Nearly, every channel you turn on television or in a newspaper has something to say about kayaking. In harmony, we will discuss how to steer and stroke, including bow rudders in kayaking.

How to Steer and Stroke in Bow Rudder Style…

Bow Rudders is the control employed in kayaking that helps the person paddling the kayak turn in the direction, which the person paddling is seated. The steering strategy is employed to avoid obstacles, especially last-minute problems. The bow passenger often has the widest view in kayaks. The bow passenger generally spots dangers ahead quicker than the stern passenger, and will use the bow rudder method to avoid problems. The paddle is often fixed in this stroke and steer method. Once the bow rudder hits the water, the bow passenger will not withdraw his paddle.

Practice:

Practice the bow rudder method in slow moving waters before trying the procedure in waters flowing swiftly.

How does the bow rudder stroke work?

You will need to slant forward. Put your right arm toward the front of you. Grip the paddle with your left hand, and hold it near your body, and beneath the pit of your right arm. Turn the blade of your kayak paddle so that it falls vertically into the waters. Make sure the shaft is angled properly. The shaft should angle at 30 degrees to the imaginary kayak structural elements *(Keel) line. The shaft can also angle at 40 degrees.

You will experience a great amount of pressure coming from the water when the paddle turns into a bow rudder. DO not panic, and keep the right arm on the outer surface of the ledge of the kayak. (Gunwale) You can use this strategy to brace and prepare for the pressure. If you are in shallow waters, take care to avoid launching the paddles into the water and hitting objects that could increase dangers.

How does the steering work?

Well, the steering works when the water is trapped amid the paddle blade and bow, and when the action forces the kayak in the direction the paddle is directing. At this point you want to brace yourself, since the force is often physically powerful. The action will also cause the kayak to slow. Tip:

The standard bow strokes and/or draw strokes will cause the same actions as the bow rudder method.

How do the draw stroke methods work?

Draw strokes is the action taken to move the kayak toward the same side as the paddle. The draw stroke gives you the ability to make sharper turns. To perform the draw stroke you will need to glide the right hand roughly six inches up toward the throat of the paddle.

Once in position, you pitch the paddle blade at a “right angle” toward the water and onto the “keel line” of the kayak. Make sure the blade is aligned and your right arm is completely stretched. Also, make sure the left hand is bent, and your hand is in the frontage of your face. At this point the paddle blade should be plunged into the waters.

Next, pull inward with the right arm, and push outward with the left. At this point the paddle blade should be around six inches away from the kayak. Finally, with your left hand, move the paddle toward the bow and then downward, while lifting the sharp edge (blade) of the paddle from the water.

*Keel is the nautical structural element of the boat, which stretches along the center lines of the boats bottom and to the bow and stern.

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