What is the proper way to paddle a kayak?

Which side of the river should you paddle on?

When peeling out from an eddy, always look upstream. You never know whether another paddler or obstacle is on its way downriver. In general, if you are in an eddy, the upstream paddler has the right of way.

Which side of kayak paddle goes in water?

Have the part of the paddle blade that is concave or smooth facing you, the face of the paddle is the part you want to pull through the water. Have your paddle right-side up. Many kayak paddles are asymmetrical meaning there is a top and a bottom to the paddle blade.

What angle should kayak paddles be?

Most kayak paddles today can be feathered between 15 and 60 degrees. 60 is most typical, except for whitewater paddlers, who usually use 30 to 45 degrees because of the rough conditions they face. Experiment the next time you’re out in your kayak. Try feathering in different conditions and see if it helps you.

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Do I need a license to paddle board on the broads?

Do I need a license to use my canoe, kayak or paddleboard in the Broads? Yes, you will require either an annual toll or a short visit toll depending on how often you plan to use your craft in the water.

Do you need a license to use a paddle board on rivers?

If you’re paddling on the sea, estuaries or tidal water, or on a river or canal which doesn’t require a licence, then that’s fine, you don’t need one!

Who has right of way on a river?

Pass “Port to Port” a vessel operating in a river or buoyed channel should with oncoming traffic keep to the starboard (right hand) side. When two vessels are approaching one another head on, they should alter course to starboard (right) and pass as if they were operating in a river or channel.

Should I feather my kayak paddle?

The feather of your kayak paddle refers to the angle your blades are offset from one another. Feathering your blades is especially helpful in windy conditions. When one blade is in the water, the one in the air can slice through the wind rather than be a drag in the wind.

How can you tell if a paddle is left or right hand feathered?

Once your paddle is sized, the next step is to determine which hand will “control” the paddle, and it may or may not be the hand your write with. Basically, if you paddle right-handed, your right hand will grip the shaft firmly, while your left hand allows the shaft to rotate freely as you paddle, and vice versa.

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Where do you place your hands on a kayak paddle?

As a general rule of thumb, your hands should be slightly wider than your shoulder width and evenly spaced along the shaft of the paddle. If you hold your paddle straight out in front of you, the rounded portion or the concave portion of the paddle should be facing you.

Do kayak paddles matter?

A longer paddle is heavier. The weight and excess length produce more strain increasing your risk of injury. A paddle that is longer than necessary for your kayak also means your strokes may be further from the boat, causing you to zig-zag rather than travel straight — creating a lot of extra work.

What are the rubber rings on a kayak paddle?

What Are Kayak Paddle Drip Rings? Kayak paddle drip rings are cupped rubber rings that fit on both ends of the shaft near the blade. Drip rings help prevent water from running down the shaft to your arm, into your armpits, onto your torso, or dripping on your legs, in the cockpit, or on the deck.

What is the difference between a high angle and low angle kayak paddle?

High-angle kayak blades are designed to move a lot of water with each stroke. The blades are shorter and wider than low-angle paddles. They’re designed to catch and hold the water, propelling your kayak forward faster.