What is a White Water Kayaking?

White water kayaking is the art of paddling a kayak in a moving water, characterized by extreme paths, such as rocks, trees, logs, woods, and artificial barriers. Besides, the flowing water for white water kayaking are rivers and streams. To have a pleasurable and exciting adventure, kayakers to consider narrow and fast flowing rivers. However, not all river kayaking are white water kayaking. The rivers and streams identified for this particular kayaking type flows predominantly downstream with other sections faster than others.

In rare cases, you are likely to find water moving upstream with the middle of the river having faster flowing water. Further, the middle section of the rivers are deeper than the water near the bank, which requires adequate study and grading of the rivers by beginners. Studies recommends first time kayakers to roar in grade 1 rivers (Prasad). The first Grade Rivers are less difficult to navigate, moreover, they are flat water. In flat water, the currents are slow and a paddler requires little energy to move the kayak. In addition, a user have the ability to steer the boat in the right direction without flipping.

Fast moving water requires a paddler with adequate experience, as oppose to the grade 1 river where little experience and energy is required to control the kayak. If you are a new to this type of kayaking, it would be prudent if you the basic kayaking techniques to avoid fatality.

Kayaks for White Water

There are a number of kayaks designed for white water voyage, such as inflatable and foldable, wooden, plastic, and more. But plastic kayaks are the best for the first timer. The reasons why these kayaks suits learners is the ability to have adequate buoyancy to float when flooded with water. Avoid using an inflatable Kayak such as intex explorer K2 when boating for the first time in a fast moving river. An inflatable kayak cannot withstand sharp rock edges, and a paddler is likely to drown.

Lengths White Water Kayak

The lengths varies depending on the type kayak and brand of a kayak. For example, plastics kayaks are 2.5 meters with a flat bottom (Prasad). The length restrict the paddler to have a maximum height of 2 meters in order to fit into the kayak. I have a yellow plastic kayak for flat water in Lake Kanyaboli and at a times I do get difficulty in siting on the Kayak.

Type of Kayak Paddle for White Water

When selecting a paddle, consider strength, sturdiness and comfort ability. In addition, the paddle must be durable to withstand the rocks and strong waves. Further, a good oar should be stiff to help “provide feedback from the water.” Avoid inexpensive and weak paddle that cannot help during difficulties. The best combination for white water is short kayaks and short paddles because they provide faster paddle strokes than long kayaks and long oars.


For safety purpose, a person must wear kayak pfd for ease of rescue purposes. Other items are spray desks, which are most commonly utilize in rough water. The function of this kayak clothing is to keep out water when paddling. Besides, the best desks are neoprene type known for long shelf life and effectiveness. Mots plastic kayaks are accompanied with airbag to minimize the risk of summing out of a kayak.

White water paddlers to wear protective helmet to prevent their head knocking against the rocks and other trees that can cause harm. Select a headgear with the capability of shielding you against hard rocks to protect your temples and forehead. A good head device is one with holes to allow water out when you capsizes. Kayak clothing are necessary to keep spray desk dry. In addition, they are used to keep our body warm to avoid getting soaked.

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