Boating paddle

Boating paddle

The existence of dozens of types of kayaks produced today for tourist travel can put an inexperienced traveler into a stupor when he does not understand what to choose. It's easy to get confused. Each type of advertisement has its own evidence of its superiority, and they all seem compelling. But advertising is built on that to convince, and even when the product has no merits at all. Unrealistic prices are set for the model promoted by advertising - 50 - 70 thousand rubles. This is despite the fact that it can not only not stand out with special advantages, but, on the contrary, sin with a number of shortcomings, which advertising, of course, is silent about. Therefore, you need to focus not on her, but on the opinion of experienced travelers, who, with an open mind and accurately, will tell you about the main things that you need to pay attention to when buying a kayak.

What do experienced water tourists say about choosing a kayak

You need to buy a kayak for a long time, not for one season. A good kayak may even remain for your children and grandchildren, and there are many such cases. And durability is a testament to high quality. The speed, which is often presented in advertising as the merit of a particular model, is not the most important thing. For example, in a group hike, some go ahead, others lag behind, but the first always have to wait for the second. Thus, the average speed is equalized. And even if there are one or two kayaks, but a tourist trip, and not a sports competition, super speed is not needed. Another popular advertising gimmick is the inflatable bottom. For tourist routes, it is objectively a burden, since it is not repairable, makes the kayak heavier and makes it less spacious. In addition, landing in such a kayak is very inconvenient. These are not all examples of unfair advertising, but it is better to focus on the merits that are important. Let's consider two kayaks as an example: frame and inflatable.

Taimen Kayak

The frame kayak "Taimen" has been unrivaled in terms of practicality and versatility for more than 40 years.

The design turned out to be so successful that during this time he changed only the skin - from tarpaulin to PVC, with PVC profile gluing on stringers and keelson. Everything else - the shape, contours, frame remained the same, since such a design gives Taimen excellent seaworthiness. The duralumin frame is connected with duralumin fittings, which, unlike the plastic ones used in other kayaks, will not burst (and this happens often). If anything, aluminum parts can always be fixed by hand, but plastic parts are no longer. Double Taimen can easily accommodate 3 people, and triple - 4 people. With PVC sheath, Taimen is the lightest kayak in its class, the most spacious, reliable and one of the cheapest.

Kayak Tourist

Among the new inflatable models stands out for the successful design of the kayak “Chub. 2 inflatable balloons are inserted into the PVC shell, which can be easily inserted and removed alone. ydarka Tourist camouflage color of superior comfort

The luxury package includes frames with backrests, which, when used with inflatable seats, provide maximum comfort for tourists.

It provides everything you need for the convenience and safety of swimming: a lot of space inside, the ability to install a detachable apron, skirts, plugs, inflatable seats. These seats provide the kayak with additional buoyancy, they can be unfastened and used as inflatable stools at rest. The kayak is light and compact, you can travel with it in any form of public transport and climb into the most remote places, carrying it on your back like a backpack. And what is important, "Tourist-Expedition" is half the price of its competitors of the same class.

Kayak selection

It is easy to row on a kayak only in appearance, rowing technique has many tricks. This is not a very stable boat, which can turn over and the rower becomes a swimmer. It is even more difficult to sail on a canoe, because it can turn over at any time. Rowing has its own sports technique, which must be adhered to not only in sports, but also on walking trips, fishing. The sports result, as well as safety on the water, depends on the correctness of the actions performed. The techniques of rowing in a canoe and a kayak are different, because in a canoe, athletes stand on one knee, and in a kayak they sit, but some methods of paddle work are used in both types.


In a sports kayak, balance is maintained by the relaxed state of the lower back muscles. In a tourist kayak, balance is maintained by the sensitive and constant work of the lower limbs and body. Tourist landing is also called slalom, with heels resting on a stand, knees set wide apart, and fixed with hip rests. The seat is higher than the keelson, and it is adjustable depending on the height, weight and build of the rower, as well as on the design features of the kayak.

Before rowing, the back does not rest against the back of the harness, there is a gap of about four centimeters. The body, on the contrary, leans forward so that the body in the lower back moves with a free amplitude and it is possible to bend in all directions. Thanks to the firm fit, the body remains upright and roll can be done with your feet. For the fit to be tense and rigid, the ankle joints must be tense. The correctness of the sitting can be checked, if it is correct, then you can swing the kayak only with your legs, without the work of the torso, and during a half-hour rowing, the legs should not get tired. Landing errors:

  • too low a seat does not allow to bend over, because the bulwark is located at the level of the chest, poorly fixed hips get tired, it is more difficult for a person to balance on the boat, normal rowing is hampered by putting his hands on the deck and bulwark; <
  • when the seating position is high, the balance is disturbed due to the center of gravity is too high, and it is also difficult to fix the hips on the bulwarks;
  • if the rower in the starting position rests too much on the back of the seat, this constrains his freedom in the lower back, and he cannot perform all the techniques;
  • tilting the seat forward puts stress on the legs;
  • tilting the seat backwards makes the body less mobile, since the rower is leaning too much on the back, the seat (its front edge) with such a fit can pinch the blood vessels of the thighs, from which the athlete can quickly get tired.

Rowing pad

The paddle should be about the length of a raised arm with curled fingers. Similarly, skis are chosen. If the rower is tall, the paddle may be shorter, if the rower is small, the paddle may be 10 centimeters longer.

The width of the grip should be such that the hands are approximately above the elbows spread apart. If the grip is narrower or wider, then rowing will be ineffective due to the irrational use of muscle potential. If the hands are too close, the muscles will experience overload, if too far away, the muscles will underload, the arms will travel too far, which can reduce the stroke rate and, as a result, the speed.

Rowing is done cyclically, the movements are two-phase - the first phase is unsupported (paddle in the air), and support movement (paddle in water).

The reference cycle is divided into stages:

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