Kayaking

Equipment

Kayak Paddle Personal Flotation Device

Rules

Kayaking is a primarily recreational sport, and as such few rules and regulations. Rules may exist in competitions, but are created at the discretion of the competition's organizing body, and may vary. Rules may also exist, which limit areas that can be kayaked.

Description

Kayaking is the act of moving in a body of water, in a narrow, keelless boat with pointed ends and a closed cockpit. The kayak is propelled by one, double-sided paddle. Kayaking has been practiced for centuries, as a way to quickly and easily move through water. Using a canoe-like craft with a closed top, a single person uses a double-sided paddle for propulsion. Today it is primarily a recreational practice, and sometimes a competitive activity.

History

Kayaks have been used throughout human history because of the ease in which they're constructed and then maneuvered. Native tribes of the sub-Arctic regions of Asia and North America would stretch animal skins over wooden frames to create kayaks used for hunting on inland lakes, rivers and coastal waters. European explorers adopted the practice and used it around the world. Today, kayaks are generally made out of lightweight plastic.