Best Exercises for Paddlers: Workouts for Before & During Floating

Rowing, canoeing and kayaking require upper body and core strength, along with some amount of endurance. With a little planning, preparing physically for your next watercraft outing, or deliberately maximizing the amount of exercise you get while on water-themed trips, can be achieved as well as be rewarding.

When in doubt, work with a personal trainer or canoe/kayak club coach to establish a customized training program.

Kayaking Basics for Beginners

Kayaks date back to about 4,000 years ago where the Inuits in the Artic regions of Canada, Alaska and Greenland made this mode of transportation to hunt on inland islands. The first kayaks were made of sealskins that were stitched over whalebone frames with air filled seal bladders in the front and rear to give them buoyancy.

Fortunately, today kayaks are ready made out of Kevlar, wood, fiberglass or molded plastic and are used as a recreational item for lakes, whitewater rafting and float trips as well as for use on the seas.

Kayaks Versus Canoes: Ultimate Pros and Cons Comparison

To float for relaxation or exhilaration is an ongoing question for outdoor adventurers. The traditionally held view is that canoes are for recreation and kayaks are meant for thrills! Yet, many outdoor enthusiasts have, or use, both types of these vessels. Current hybrid kayak models also are closing the gap between these popular water-trip boats. A comparison of the two comes down to analyzing the sort of water experiences sought and what features are needed to support the type of trip planned.

“Twenty years ago, family canoeing was big, but kayaks have become more popular recently, as not as many people are going on overnight or multi-day floating trips,” explains Jason Russell, manager of Ozark Mountain Trading Company’s Southwest Missouri store in Ozark, Mo.

April Showers Brings May Kayakers

The old saying, “April showers bring May flowers” is true, but not nearly as true as “April showers bring May kayakers.” The increased rainfall and snow melt of early spring swells Missouri rivers and streams creating faster flowing water. It’s a favorite time of year for the experienced and more advanced kayaker who seeks to challenge his skill level.

Tips for Fall Kayaking

Kayaking is a great activity that can be enjoyed year round. It is thrilling in the cold of winter, exciting in the spring rapids, and relaxing in the summer heat. But where does that leave it for fall? Can you still kayak in the fall? Yes! And it is one of the most beautiful times to kayak! Now, fall kayaking is a lot like summer kayaking in the fact that it is peaceful, however, the biggest difference is the fact that in the fall, the water is cold. And at times it can be VERY cold! That means you have to go prepared.