If you’re looking for an activity that combines cardio and strength conditioning with the beautiful and peaceful serenity of the outdoors, kayaking just might be the activity for you. A sport that is rapidly gaining in popularity throughout the country, kayaking is a fun, healthy and relatively safe pursuit that affords hours of water-based enjoyment. Although similar to canoeing, the sport is distinguished from the latter by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the single paddle—blades that help propel and steer the craft as it moves through the water.

What Is A Kayak?

A kayak is, traditionally, a narrow watercraft that is propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. Originating from Greenland, the word kayak originates from the Greenlandic word qajaq, and commonly associated with the Inuit tribe from the Canadian Arctic, the kayak was originally made from seal skin stretched over a wooden frame and used for hunting and fishing.

Modern kayaks largely maintain the same shape as those original craft but the materials used, and the activities they are capable of, have diversified widely. These days kayaks are still used for hunting and fishing, but also running exhilarating whitewater runs, exploring stretches of coastline, racing down rivers, and even surfing.