It’s time again for some quick nice to know information about all things trending for the active lifestyle out there! This time we’ll take a ride in the water with one of the best beloved outdoor activities – kayaking! We’ll inform you all about what the kayak paddle is and how to hold your kayak paddle properly!
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What makes kayak paddles different from other paddles?
Unlike the conventional one-handed or straight paddles or oars, the typical kayak paddle is feathered or offset.
Being feathered or offset means the paddle’s end parts are angled from 45 to 90 degrees so a circular two-handed motion can make the paddle slice through the water and propel you with grace all the while giving your muscles a good exercise!
Kayak paddle parts and how to hold it
The two ends of the paddle are called blades:
• The longer part of the blade is called the upper edge, while the inside of its concave shape is the power side.
• The shorter end is called the lower edge, while the outside of the concave shape is the back side.
The middle stick you hold on to that connects the blades is called its “shaft”
• The shaft may be made straight where one can hold on an estimated shoulder’s length equally with both hands, making sure to hold it firm, but a bit loose to make sure it’s easy to twist and rotate.
• A shaft may also be curved, in a way to have a kind of slot or a specific place to hold on to, still firm but loose for the same reason.
Moving through the water
Being able to master the circular motion of moving the kayak paddles can take a bit of practice to master. Make sure the power side pushes away when it contacts the water and that upon taking the blades in the air the blade’s surface should meet the least amount of air resistance possible.
It always helps to have an instructor by your side, and you can take a few practice swings right before you touch the water, too!