How To Whitewater Kayak
Kayaking is an extreme recreational activity that takes a lot of time and practice and learning how to whitewater kayak takes extra time. It will take some practice to learn the sport. Amateurs should not set out on the water alone without appropriate training. The following are some methods to help you learn how to kayak in whitewater areas.
Things you'll need:
- Kayak paddle
- Safety gear
- The first step in learning how to kayak in rough waters is practice. Get your own kayak or borrow a friend's and practice as much as possible. Start out in calm waters, such as ponds and lakes, and learn all of the basic ways to maneuver the craft. Be sure to know all of the safety moves.
- After you have enough basic practice, build up your endurance because it may be required for extended periods when kayaking whitewater rivers. Hit the gym and work your arms, legs, chest, back and stomach. All of the muscles in these areas will help you have enough power to control the kayak in rough water. Go for long, hard bike rides or paddle your kayak as hard as you can to build up your endurance level, as this will help you avoid exhaustion when you get out on the water.
- You are going to need some real, in the field practice. Start kayaking rivers, but avoid the roughest whitewater areas until you are ready. For rivers, you will need a life vest and a helmet. After practicing in riffles and small rapids, you may be able to move up and try out some minor whitewater rapids. Be absolutely sure you have enough practice to handle these waters and, if possible, bring a friend. Once you feel comfortable, enjoy the sport!
Whitewater kayaking is very fun, but it should not be done by those without adequate experience. It is imperative that you know how to man the craft perfectly before partaking in this sport.