How to paddle a inflatable kayak

There are symmetric and asymmetric paddles. As a symmetric rowing competition or when there is wind, while a paddle in the water the other is at the top, creating resistance to the movement, as an airbrake. Thus, using asymmetric rowing diminish the influence of wind on the shovel is raised, but it requires the paddler to turn the shaft of the paddle in his hands when will put another blade in the water. Holding the paddle shaft with the hand you have more power, let the other limp hand at the time of change from the side of the drive and turn the shaft with the hand holding steady (equal to throttle motorcycle) so that the angle of blade to be suitable for entry into the water to better boost, while at this moment, the blade that has been raised is through the air with the blade.

There are symmetric and asymmetric paddles

The ideal size of the paddle is equivalent to its height over his outstretched arm so that you can bend the fingers on the blade of the shovel.

Grasp with both hands the paddle so that the distance between each hand is equal to your shoulder. Look centralize the paddle to your body, so that each hand is a distance equal to the corresponding blade paddle.

Look centralize the paddle to your body

To enter the blade of the paddle in the water to give impetus to kayak, try to do as if it were cut a piece of cake and bring it to you. To do this, turn a bit his shoulder to throw the paddle, tilt your body forward kayak to fetch water and pull it back by turning the change while returning the body to the back of the accent, ending the movement of the paddle turning slightly the body as if following with his eyes the shovel following direction in the stern, no sudden movements, because remember that you can make that move for hours during a walk or dispatching.

Paddle clocked with the inertia of the boat will make you enjoy more rowing without putting force and have a smooth, continuous motion of the boat.

Most kayaks used in ecological tours conducted by the Soul of Rio are recreational kayaks and tourism, which are the beaches and lakes for rent. This means that most do not have rudder and its maneuverability depends on the use of paddle to maneuver.

kayak with rudder, just the rudder to be moved at an angle to the kayak responds to the side that moved the rudder.

The personalized viewing with the paddle, we can change the direction kayaking performing two methods:

We can change the kayak direction through two methods

1 – Rowing opposite to that we want to drive kayak for it to go given our desire gradually. This can be time-consuming and in some cases disturbs our mind, especially if there is current, and lost the desired point, for example: you see a fruit hanging on a tree branch and want to take it. If you paddle only on the side opposite the fruit is, you can move the point and end up giving up, not to go against the current.

2 – Use the blade of the paddle like a rudder: In this technique the kayak will suit immediately. For this, you simply put the blade of the paddle in the water near the stern of the kayak, thus forming a rudder side you want to drive the boat. The closer to the stern better the dynamics of working as a compass you place the tip on the paper and rotate the pencil to make a circle. If you put the blade of the oar near the center of the kayak, it will turn more slowly. If you have to turn quickly while quickly lower the kayak speed, place the paddle in the water on the side you want to drive in order to get the paddle perpendicular to the kayak length, because the shovel will act as a hydrodynamic brake and the boat will rotate while decreasing speed quickly.

In the double kayak who makes the change is direction who is in the stern (rear), while what is in the bow (front) has the primary function of propulsion.

When both know the personalized viewing technique with the rowing, the companion of the bow (front) can help a lot in navigation, often rowing in opposite to the stern, paddling forward or backward according to the intention movement.

Paddling back will make the boat turn to the side that is rowing and the boat will slow down dramatically. Paddle back is to put the paddle oar in the stern direction and bring the water in direction the bow, the opposite of normal movement from bow to stern.

In a single kayak, to stop the boat quickly staying the course, just put the blade of the paddle perpendicular to the boat and when he starts to spin, put the opposite paddle rowing, on the other hand, also in the perpendicular, and repeat the shovel toggle to stop the kayak.

In a double kayak, just that each place the blade of the paddle perpendicular, each on one side of the kayak.

Now imagine you talking and suddenly appears a tree branch in front of the kayak. Never lean your body to the side of the kayak, because it will tend to turn and you will stop in the water. The correct way is to bend your body onto your legs and the paddle can be used as a defense of her head, placing it towards the bow (front) to aft (back) to not cling to the branches and lift it so you do not reach your body. In these situations, the life jacket will help you avoid bumps on their backs and prevent scratching with spikes and thorns that exist in the plant.