Parts of the Kayak
-Front of the kayak is known as the Bow
-Rear of the kayak is known as the Stern
-Main opening of kayak where you sit is known as the Cockpit
-Foot pedals or pegs-where the kayakers feet rest
-Grab Handles are on the bow and stern of the kayak
Parts of the Paddle
-The long black portion of the paddle is known as the Shaft
-Ends of the paddle that are yellow are known as the Blades
-Rings that prevent drips from coming in contact with grip are known as the Drip Rings
Lifejacket - also known as a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
-It is very important that you fit yourself into the PFD correctly. There are several adjustable straps including shoulder, side and chest straps.
Kayaking Tips For Success
-Proper fit is essential. Adjust foot pegs so that your knees are bent and touching the side walls of the kayak. This helps with stability and balance when kayaking.
-Proper Grip of that paddle is important. Hands should be shoulder width apart and evenly held on the shaft.
-Kayakers should be able to read the writing on the blades.
-Students should practice smooth and even forward and backward strokes. This will aid in stopping and turning of the kayak.
-Kayaker MUST wear a properly fitted PFD.
-Students must follow the proper procedure when entering and exiting the kayak. This includes the stabalization of the bow and stern using the grab handles.
-Before entering the kayak, student must SIT in the edge of the pool deck, slide feet then body into the kayak. There is absolutely no standing in the kayak.
-Kayakers must know their surroundings and paddle responsibly. They should be careful with their paddle blades so they do not strike others.
-For safety reasons we ask all kayakers to travel in the same direction. This will be counter-clockwise in the pool area.