Thousands of years ago Native Americans would stitch seals and bear skins for the materials used for the earliest forms of kayaks. Seal bladders filled with air were used as ballasts to give the kayaks buoyance.
Some kayaks can actually house up to three paddlers, depending on what kind of material the kayak was built with. And they vary according to prices. The kayaks made from plastics are mainly the most affordable, as they range from $300 to $2000 and the ones built from Kevlar, are lighter and yet stronger than the other Kayak materials. It is thus the most costly kind of kayak, with a cost price of $4500. There are various kinds of kayaks depending on the environment they are to be utilized. So are surf kayaks, others sea kayaks, racing kayaks and whitewater kayaks. The hybrid ones are referred to as recreational kayaks.
Kayaks are designed quite differently, and also vary in shapes and sizes, as well as different materials used. Sea kayaks for example are built to have more lengthy bodies. That way, they can cover more distance. The whitewater kayaks on the other hand, are built with high-impact plastics. This is so that they can easily bump into and bounce off rocks in rapids, without much damage to its body. Sit on top kayaks are arguably the most popular kayaks best suitable for rookies. This is because they are mainly stable. And can easily be used for fishing and fun paddling.
Kayaks are made with either fiberglass or rotomolded plastics so as to give it a light weight, as well as a low-maintenance form and further enhance its durability. The more greater width a kayak has, the more greater length of paddle it will require. It is also easier to use sit on top kayaks as they have broader beams, and will ensure sitting stability for the kayaker.
There is a clear difference between canoeing and kayaking. And this difference is in the paddle used. Canoe’s paddles are single-bladed, while that of kayaks are double-bladed. Depending on your body build, and the size of the kayak, you will have to make preferences. For wider kayaks, you will need a taller paddle.
If you are smallish or pint-sized in nature, using a lighter paddle will do you a whole world of good. It is also very important that you don’t stretch yourself beyond your capacity. Note that the blades of the paddles vary. The wider blades give you more push or acceleration but gives a lot of water resistance. The narrow blades require less effort due to less resistance, but more requires more strokes.
In order to stay safe, one has to get a personal flotation device eg a life jacket, even if you are kayaking on still waters. Getting the U.S Coast Guard Type III kind of PFD is the best option especially when kayaking. This is because it is usually comfy and light. So this essential information will help you get ready to go and enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.