Don't Get Hurt
- Increase aerobic endurance
- Develop core strength
- Improve flexibility
- Strengthen upper back, chest, shoulder, arm, and leg muscles
Beginners Need to Know
- Boat —Whitewater kayaks are generally made from plastic. Ocean kayaks may be made from wood, fiberglass, or a blend of materials.
- Personal flotation device (PFD)
- Spray skirt —These keep splashing water and rain from filling your compartment.
- Helmet —If you will be kayaking in moving water, you need one.
- A buddy—You should never paddle alone, especially if you are new to the sport.
American Canoe Association http://www.americancanoe.org
Canadian Public Health http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
5 benefits of kayaking for exercise. Made Manual website. Available at: http://www.mademan.com/mm/5-benefits-kayaking-exercise.html. Accessed February 9, 2015.
Beginners guide. American Canoe Association website. Available at: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/sei-educational%5Fresources/beginners%5Fguide%5Faca.pdf?hhSearchTerms=kayak+and+basics. Accessed February 9, 2015.
Benefits of kayaking. Trails website. Available at: http://www.trails.com/list%5F240%5Fbenefits-of-kayaking.html. Accessed February 9, 2015.
Common sea kayaking injuries: Muscles and joints. Kayak Dave. Available at: http://kayakdave.com/2012/02/25/common-sea-kayaking-injuries-muscles-and-joints/. Published February 25, 2012. Accessed February 9, 2015.
Conditioning for kayakers: A complete off-season program. Roy Stevenson website. Available at: http://www.roy-stevenson.com/conditioning-for-kayakers.html. Accessed February 9, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/09/2015 -