KAYAKING

KAYAKING

The Kayak is a low-to-the-water canoe-like boat that has been used for hundreds of years. Kayaking is a transportation method developed by the Inuits in order to sneak up behind animals on the shoreline. The kayak found its way to Europe in the early to mid-1800s. The Europeans adopted the kayak as a soft-sided frame boat, which quickly became popular among French and German men.

Kayaks continued to be used because of their versatility and remained a staple in the North and South Poles. Many hunters and adventurers used kayaks for their practicality while navigating icy waters.

As the kayak's popularity rose, humans became more adventurous in their outings. People began pushing the kayak’s limits and soon enough white-water rafting and waterfall rafting became an extreme sport. The birth of white-water kayaking opened the doors to many athletes and or travel adrenaline junkies. It was because of these daredevils that The International Scale of River Difficulty was established. This Scale measures how dangerous a river’s rapids are. This is the same classification system that is still used today.

Ecotourism based on kayak trips has also gained a lot of popularity.
Guided kayak trips touring local ecosystems are on the rise.

WHY WE LOVE 
KAYAKING

Kayaking is perfect for water lovers.
This vessel allows you to glide through unchartered territories while being level with the water! Kayaking is a great way to get up close and personal with nature as you check out the world from a brand new perspective. Paddle silently through remote areas that most people will never get to visit. Kayaking provides one of the biggest rushes you can get on the water. This versatile vessel lets you play in lakes, river rapids, waterfalls, the ocean, and even at sea! A kayak allows you to transcend your humanity and actually become a part of the water.

Kayaking where strength and aerobic exercise unite!  
The rowing motion works your core, arms, chest, back, shoulders and hands. Kayaking also helps strengthen your cardiovascular system; this adventurous exercise targets your upper body and gives your heart a heck of a workout. The rotating motion also causes increased torso and leg strength without straining and taking a toll on your body.

Not only does kayaking benefit your body but your mind as well.
Stress relief is the most commonly cited benefit of paddling. But, it goes further than that kayaking is also associated with enhanced feelings of self-worth, physical appearance, and improved worth in social interactions.

There are also a variety of crafts that drive differently depending on the kind of experience you want.
A “ducky”, for example, is an inflatable kayak that is easy to pick up and is a lot more stable than most kayaks. Duckies are perfect for white-water rafting because it allows you to be in complete control of your own boat at all times. The craft is lighter and smaller than the average raft and are perfect for anyone in search of high-speed adventure!
 

Kayaking provides a variety of fun; therefore its popularity should come of no surprise.

OUR SIGNATURE KAYAKING WILDTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

KAYAKING & THE NATURAL WORLD

Kayaks are the perfect crafts for exploring nature.  Kayaks are both versatile and adaptable rendering them perfect for exploration. The kayak is capable of traveling thorough almost any body of water. This sets it apart from other crafts, not to mention you have complete control.

Kayaks are versatile; they allow exploration to occur in various different environments. Because kayaking is an outdoor activity, travellers get to experience nature and its marine life. This craft allows you to travel through ice tunnels and rock bridges. Travellers have the opportunity to kayak around Icefjords, jungles, the sea, or within white-water rivers. Every waterway has it’s own identity and personality. Kayaking allows you to experience the rush of white-water rafting as well as the calm of the sea and its mellow waves. Kayakers also get to bask in the magnificence of the Arctic’s Icefjords or the wonder of the Amazonian rainforest.

Kayaking allows you to get close to birds, whales and marine life while providing you with an unusual perspective. Imagine paddling next to a dolphin or waving to a sea lion? Kayaking makes this possible. The ocean and every other body of water becomes a playground.  Kayakers become one with the natural world.

SOME TIPS FROM OUR EXPERTS WHILE KAYAKING

  •  Check the conditions of the sea before you go out with your kayak (wind, tides, swell and local effects) and plan a route according to them and your level. If you don’t know the area ask the local kayak club or sea kayaking companies for more information about the local weather and conditions. Find the conditions that suit you and do not overchallenge yourself.
  • Revise your equipment and maintain it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Out in the sea you rely on your equipment, so take care of it. It is also important to bring with you a small kit to fix any damages and spare equipment too (like a spare paddle).
  • If you tried kayaking and you liked it, go to your local kayak club and start to learn more. Being guided by more experienced kayakers can greatly increase your safety and enjoyment in the sea.
  • Dress up appropriately for the temperature of the water. When water is colder than 20oC, there is a risk of hypothermia (even when it feels very warm out of the water!). There is a wide range of clothing in the market for kayaking: liners, wetsuits, drysuits, drytops, hats, gloves, boots... And don’t forget your PFD!
  • If you encounter any wild animals on your trip, like seals, birds or whales, do not paddle close to them. Enjoy their beauty from the distance (and let them go closer only if they wish).

Kayaking levels depend on river difficulty which is classified as follows:

International Scale of River Difficulty

 

CLASS I: EASY
Done in shallow water with small waves and few obstructions.

CLASS II: BEGINNER
Some manoeuvring is required. Straightforward rapids with a few rocks and medium-sized rocks.

CLASS III: INTERMEDIATE
Rapids are moderate and irregular. Fast current require complex manoeuvres. Large- volume rivers. 

CLASS IV: ADVANCED
Powerful but predictable rapids require demanding manoeuvres. Difficulty depends on the river, which sometimes includes large unavoidable waves, holes, and or constricting channels.  Subcategories include the ‘easier’ Class IV- or Class IV+.

CLASS V: EXPERT
Long, obstructed, or uncontrollable rapids. Demanding routes that contain large drops, unavoidable waves or holes, and congested chutes.

This level is quite extensive and also has multiple-level scales within the Class. The sublevels increase by .1 therefore the next level within Class V would be Class 5.1, then Class 5.2 and so on.

CLASS VI: EXTREME
Difficult, unpredictable, and very dangerous. This classification is rarely attempted and is reserved for expert teams and exploratory rafting.

EQUIPMENT USED WHILE KAYAKING 

 

Because kayaking is so versatile and allows kayakers to travel through any body of water is it important that kayakers have the appropriate gear for their journey. Kayaking can be done in any and all temperatures ranging from the Caribbean climate to that of the Arctic.

Rest assured, we make sure that all our kayaking activities come with the most suitable and appropriate gear. The gear we provide is of the best quality.

Kayaking in Greenland’s icefjords require specific suits like the Gore-Tex dry suits we provide. We also provide kayakers venturing into the Arctic with thermal suits, life vests, boots, gloves, and dry bags. Kayakers travelling through the South American Rainforest are provided with wet suits, life vests, dry bags, and insect repellent. The equipment is always specific to the region kayakers are visiting.

We here at Wildthentic ensure that all equipment is not only relevant to the adventure but new and regularly checked. Many pieces are replaced after each season. We go to great length to ensure that all our kayaking excursions are exciting, safe, and that all kayakers are well equipped. Not only do we provide top of the line equipment, we also provide local professional guides.

DID YOU KNOW...

 

 

  • In 1928, Franz Romer was the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He left Lisbon, Portugal and travelled over 6,400 km to arrive in Puerto Rico.
  • Hungary is the country with the most Olympic medals in kayaking.
  • Kayaks are at least 4,000 years old!
  • Kayaks paddle lower to the water and can go faster than canoes.
  • Kayak translates to ‘hunter’s boat’ in Inuktitut.
  • Inuit and Aleuts used driftwood or whalebone to make the kayak’s framework, and covered it with stretched skins.
  • Kayaks were made watertight with whale fat.
  • Kayaking burns more calories per hour than cycling 5.5 mph and the same as playing softball for one hour.

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