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

and buoyancy.

  • 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.


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