River kayaking versus ocean kayaking and choosing the ideal kayak

Published September 17, 2016 in Outdoor Activities

ocean-kayakingKayaking offers a great way of exploring aquatic environments without disturbing the natural ecosystem. There are different types of kayaks suited for paddling in different environments. Some of the kayaks are best suited for river kayaking while others are great for paddling in oceans, seas and lakes. Understanding different aquatic environments can help a paddler in finding a kayak that suits their specific paddling needs.

Many kayakers begin their kayaking experience mainly in rivers and streams. This is because rivers, unlike oceans, lakes and seas, cover most areas of the earth’s surface. Only a few paddlers have the opportunity of sharpening their kayaking skills on large water bodies such as lakes, seas and oceans. Rivers and streams offer a great opportunity for beginners to learn the basics of kayaking.

Rivers fall under six different classes and different kayaks perform best in different environments. Under this classification, some rivers fall under class I which indicates rivers without moving currents, class II represents rivers with moving currents, class III indicates rivers with strong moving currents with large obstacles such as rocks and trees, class IV representing rivers with rapids, class IV indicating white water rapids with obstacles and class VI rivers are considered unsafe for kayaking as they may contain huge obstacles and even water falls.

In order to safely paddle in class III, IV, V, and VI rivers, a kayaker must possess great kayaking skills with good control of their vessels. Some great skills that a kayaker needs in such waters include being able to do Eskimo rolls and also being a good swimmer. Sit in kayaks are most suited for paddling in white waters with rapids as they enable paddlers to have full control of their vessel.

Some sit in kayaks such as the sun Dolphin Aruba10 offer the best kayaking experience for skilled paddlers in different types of rivers. These kayaks incorporates a high density poly ethylene hull that makes tracking and turning easy even in white waters.

Sun Dolphin Aruba 10 kayaks are shorter than other sit in kayaks and are also considered relatively stable in different paddling environments. They come in different safety colors that include ocean blue, lime green, bright pink and neon orange. They are moderately priced and hence a good bargain for kayakers who are not keen to consider making a huge investment in a recreational kayak.

Ocean kayaking on the other hand, takes a kayaker to open coastal waters. There may be no rocks and trees in oceans, but there are waves and tides that needs to be overcome. Sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks can safely paddle in oceans as there are no rapids or other major obstructions.

Inflatable kayaks have become more popular for ocean paddling since they are considered extremely stable. Some of these kayaks such as the Sevylor Fiji inflatable can be paddled by two people (tandem kayaking) hence offering a good chance to share paddling experience with a friend, family member or even a pet. Sevylor Fiji inflatable kayaks require considerable energy to propel and are great for individuals considering kayaking as a form of physical workout.

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