Canoeing and kayaking have been around for thousands of years with most civilisations using some form of them. Canoeists and kayakers propel their craft facing forwards using paddles, whereas rowers and scullers go backwards.
The key difference between kayaks and canoes is that a kayak is propelled by a two bladed paddle while a canoeist’s paddle has just one blade. For this reason kayaks are often slim, solo vehicles while canoes may be wider and designed for a number of people.
Canoes and kayaks are some of the most versatile and diverse vehicles there are, being used on rivers, lakes and at sea. Furthermore the way they are used in competition varies incredibly. From 1000 mile cross country races or 200 metre sprints, from flat lakes to white water rafting - if your child learns to canoe or kayak they will find many exciting experiences available to them.
At London 2012 the winner of the Sprint Kayaking (Ed McKeever) covered 200 metres in 36.25 seconds. That’s over 5.5 metres per second!
The world’s oldest boat is the Pesse Canoe which was discovered in Holland. It is believed to be almost 10,000 years old!
‘Kayak’ is Inuit for ‘Hunter’s boat’. First used by Eskimos in North America, kayaks were used for hunting seals.
In Operation Frankton during WW2, 13 British Commandoes kayaked to Bordeaux and destroyed 6 ships.
Scotsman Alexander Mackenzie was the first man to cross from the eastern shore of America to the West in 1793, doing most of the journey by canoe.
There are many different types of canoes and kayaks including sea, sprint, racing, marathon, hunting, creek and war!
The fastest crossing of the English Channel by a single canoe/kayak is 2 hr 28 min by Paul Wycherley in 2011.
What equipment, if any, do you need to provide? For example helmets or buoyancy aids.
Do the lessons continue throughout the year or in bad weather? Canoeing and kayaking may be more dangerous depending on the conditions. If a lesson is to be cancelled will you be contacted?
How many other children will be in the lesson? How many adults will be supervising and/or teaching?
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