Paddles come in almost as many sizes and shapes as the kayaks themselves
do. You need to consider the weight, durability and material used in
the construction of the paddle as well as the design and shape of the
blade. The most important factor, though, in choosing a paddle is the feel
of it in your hands.
There is nothing that provides more of an outdoor feeling than using a
wooden paddle. The downside to wood is the possible maintenance over
Other materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber are also used for their
strength and 먹튀검증업체 low weight but a fiberglass shaft has an odd feel and carbon
fiber shafts, although strong in certain respects, are fragile.
Cheaper paddles are available that are suitable for beginners. They include
plastic and aluminum shafts with a synthetic blade. One great advantage to
the aluminum paddles is that they are available in two parts so they can be
easily stored and just as easily snapped together for use.
Using the correct size paddle is more important than the paddle’s
composition with longer paddles used for touring and shorter ones used for
white water. Divided into four basic categories, people who are under 5¹2”
(157 cm) should use a paddle that is 188 ? 194 cm for white water and 210
cm for touring. The tallest group, 5¹10” - 6¹6” should use paddles of 200 ?
203 cm and 230 cm.
Some manufacturers have created paddle shafts with different diameters
so smaller hands can have a more comfortable grip. Paddle shapes can
be chosen for speed and paddle sizes such as large for surf, white water and
fitness and smaller blades available for smaller kayakers and people who
want less stress on wrist joints.
Other factors to consider when choosing the best paddle for your kayaking
plans include the feathering of the blade and the angle of the shaft,
but these are matters of personal preference for experienced kayakers.
Once you determine how advanced you want to become you can make
changes to your equipment.
Personal Flotation Devices
This is the single, most important piece of equipment every paddler
must have. It can’t be stated strongly or often enough that any time you are
paddling, you must wear a PFD. It’s like a car safety belt ? you don’t want
to be in the position of saying ‘I wish I had worn it’ ? or dead because you
There are five categories of life jackets and flotation devices approved for
specific uses by the US Coast Guard. Type III floatation aids and Type V
special-use devices are the most commonly worn by paddlers. The
important factors to consider when choosing a PFD are the fit, visibility
- A PFD must fit snugly without impairing a free range of motion.
It should not ride up when you sit or are in the water. Your chin
should not rub against the top of the vest.
- Since a person in a kayak is very low in the water, visibility is a
must. Bright colors are best so that other boaters or rescue
personnel can easily see a paddler.
- Buoyancy, or the ability to keep you afloat, is determined by
weight. Although usually associated with the size of the device, it
is always a good idea to check the weight range listed for a
particular device and make sure it is rated to hold your weight.