The water sport kayaking has gained popularity and recognition in the recent years. Here is an insight into the adventure event.
- Kayaking is a water sport, using modified boats (kayak) to travel over rapids, rivers or seas. The sports originates from the Eskimo boat (kayak) made from fur and wooden frame.
- Kayaks are light weight, can seat one/two persons and can navigate even in shallow waters.
- Modern kayaks have come a long way - more stable, durable and customised for different purposes.
- Kayaking is a great outdoor activity, if introduced in the right way.
- With a large number of rivers, water bodies, geographies and seas, India offers diverse options such as white water kayaking in the rivers originating from the Himalayas, placid water kayaking for long-distance and sojourns into the sea from any coastal city.
- Choose a reputed operator to ensure a safe and joyful first experience.
- While sit-on-top kayaks are the safest, sit-in kayaks are preferred for long distance kayaking and for white water.
- Ability to swim is not a prerequisite for kayaking, as PFD (Personal Flotation Devices) are mandated by reputed operator who sent along trained instructors.
- Never Kayak without a PFD and essential equipment.
- Start with a session in kayaking with a short journey of a few kilometres or joining an introductory session, this will expose you to the basic skills - Entry and exit, paddling strokes, the Kayak, Paddle and using PFD, rescue techniques.
- Once comfortable, you can increase the distance or the grade (for white water), eventually joining an expedition team that undertakes long journeys.
- Carry sunscreen and goggles to protect yourself from UV rays.
- UPF50+, full sleeve attire with a sun protection hat is recommended.
- Carry a water bottle.
- Avoid peak sunny time of the day between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm for kayaking.
- Venture out with a more experienced buddy.
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