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Kayaking and canoeing paddles

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A slideshow showing the difference and properties between kayaking and canoeing paddles and how to use them

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Kayaking and canoeing paddles

  1. 1. KAYAKING PADDLES
  2. 2. WHY IS A KAYAKING PADDLE DIFFERENT FROM A CANOE PADDLE
  3. 3. CANOE PADDLES • Consist of a - Shaft - Handle - Blade • Made of - Wood - Plastic - Fibreglass
  4. 4. KAYAK PADDLES • Consist of a - Shaft - 2X Blade • Made of - Plastic - Fibreglass - Carbon fibre
  5. 5. WHAT DIFFERENCES EXIST BETWEEN KAYAK PADDLES
  6. 6. NON FEATHERED VS FEATHERED Feathered Paddle Non Feathered Paddle • No dominant hand • Blades have no offset • The blades are both tilted at a different angle • One has one dominant stroke hand
  7. 7. FLAT BLADE VS SPOON BLADE Flat blade Spoon blade • Predominantly flat • Used for all strokes • Recreational or long paddle • Reduces risk of injury • More efficient stoke • Difficult to manoeuvre • For advanced paddlers
  8. 8. COMMON MATERIALS USED IN KAYAK PADDLES
  9. 9. WOOD • Heavy • Cheap • For beginners
  10. 10. FIBREGLASS • Lightweight • Expensive • Good manoeuvring • Delicate • Expensive to repair
  11. 11. ALUMINIUM • Very popular • Lightweight • Good control • Durable
  12. 12. PLASTIC • Most used • Cheap • Durable
  13. 13. CARBON FIBRE • Extremely lightweight • Very strong • Easy to manoeuvre and control
  14. 14. KEVLAR • Extremely lightweight • Extremely strong • Very flexible and versatile
  15. 15. WHAT ARE THE MAIN STROKES USED IN KAYAKING
  16. 16. • Hands shoulder width apart • Insert one side of the paddle into the water • Rotate torso and pull the blade through the water alongside the boat • Keep the top hand steady • Remove paddle from water at appropriate point THE FORWARD STROKE
  17. 17. • Twist torso so that shoulders parallel to the kayak • Put the paddle into the water at the rear end of the kayak • Rotate torso back so that shoulders are perpendicular to the kayak • Sweep paddle forwards along the side of the boat • Remove paddle from water at the tip of the kayak THE BACKWARD STROKE
  18. 18. • Twist torso in the desired turning direction • Insert paddle as far back and away as possible • Bring blade back towards the kayak • This will turn the boat to the desired direction THE DRAW STROKE
  19. 19. • Perform the draw stroke on desired turning side • Perform a wide forwards stroke on opposite side • Let the kayak spin around THE SPIN MANOEUVRE

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