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All You Need to Know About Canoeing and Kayaking

The sport of canoeing and kayaking is not only an exciting and fun way for people of all ages to get out on the water, but it can be a great cardiovascular workout. It has been gaining in popularity in recent years, especially since its involvement in the last two Summer Olympics.

Canoeing and kayaking are very similar sports that involve paddling a boat-like vessel through rivers and waterways. The main difference between the two is that while a kayak sits lower to the water, allowing its occupant to use his or her legs as well as arms for paddling, a canoe’s higher sides require more arm work than leg work.

Both canoes and kayaks come in various different lengths, shapes, and sizes. Some are designed for use in flat water, and others for whitewater rapids. There is even a wide variety of competition classes, such as surf skis and K-1 boats used in kayaking events.

Many canoes and kayak clubs offer group rates on equipment rental, so you can give either sport a try before making the purchase yourself. Many schools also offer beginner’s courses, which provide instruction in both canoeing and kayaking fundamentals. ( These courses usually last a few days but vary by school, with some offering weekend or evening classes while others may only offer an intensive one-day beginners’ course.

Canoeing and kayaking take place all over the world, from the US to Europe to Asia, but perhaps one of the most popular places to paddle is in Canada. ( Not only do canoers and kayakers love it for its scenery, especially along the northern rivers of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland; many also take part in one of several annual canoeing or kayaking festivals.

Canoeing and kayaking offer people a healthy, enjoyable pastime that everyone from the young to old can enjoy together. If you are interested in trying your hand at either sport or just want to learn more about them before taking that first step into the water, don’t wait; get out there.