Kayak Paddles – 14 FAQs Answered | Kayak-101

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Top 14 FAQs on Kayak Paddle Questions

Kayak paddles can make or break your spirit when trying to enjoy a run down a beautiful river. People are always asking me questions about kayak paddles so I decided it was time to post some FAQs here on this page. Kayak paddles come in all shapes, sizes, colors, you name it. There is a science to it though.

My best advice to a novice is to ask the employee working at the store where you are buying the paddle. Or consult a FaceBook kayak group in their forum. They will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Q: Do kayak paddles float?

A: All kayak paddles float. While kayak paddles drift, they commonly have a tendency to “drift” slower than your kayak will.


Q: Do kayak paddles make a difference?

A: Along with the kayak itself, your paddle has the greatest result on your performance on the water. Additionally, a short excursion involves countless strokes, so an appropriate paddle can make all the difference.


Q: Why are kayak paddles offset?

A: Lots of kayak paddles do the very same with their blades. Typically an exploring paddle’s blades are feathered, indicating that the blades show different directions. A little bit like the blades of an airplane prop. This helps in lowering the air resistance of the raised blade.


Q: What is a good kayak paddle?

A: Aqua-Bound Tango Fiberglass 2-Piece.   Werner Paddles SKAGIT FG. Bending Branches Fishermen Pro Paddle. Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Hybrid. Werner Paddles Athena Touring Paddle.


Q: Why are kayak paddles feathered?

A: Feathering helps a ton when paddling right into high winds. The better the angle of your blade, the much less resistance you will face. Alternatively, an un-feathered paddle can be beneficial when the wind is most likely to your back, functioning as a little sail each time the blade rises right into the air.


Q: What size whitewater kayak paddle do I need?

A: As a standard, most people strive for a 191 cm, paddlers of ordinary height go up to 194 centimeters. Some really tall individuals go up to 197 centimeters.


Q: Which way do kayak paddles go?

A: Most paddles are right-handed, indicating that the right-sided or right-handed paddle is angled to be used as the upstroke. When taking a kayaking stroke, allow the paddle to turn and rearrange in your “loosened up hand” on the left.  This is to ensure that each paddle regularly enters the water efficiently.


Q: Do fiberglass paddles float?

A: Yes, fiberglass paddles do float.  Some lightweight aluminum paddles will sink because they are made with metal. Always test your paddle before leaving the dock. It is also a good idea to tether your paddle to your kayak. If you flip, even if your paddle floats, it can quickly get far downstream from you if not tethered.


Q: What happens when you use too long of a paddle for kayaking?

A: Eventually, a paddle that is too long for a paddler will wear you down. Naturally, the dimension of the paddler, arm as well as also upper body dimension, all affect the size one requires to pick. Larger watercrafts such as tandems often call for a rather longer paddle shaft than you would use to paddle solo.


Q: Can one person paddle a tandem kayak?

A: Short answer, yes. But it could take more effort to paddle a two-person kayak that if you were to paddle a solo kayak. But if you are up for a good workout, go for it!


Q: What is the lightest kayak paddle?

A: Aqua Bond Manta Ray.  The Manta Ray is a mix of impressive performance in addition to strength. Shoreline Marine Kayak Paddle Rounded 96.  The Shoreline combines strength with stealth and won’t let you down.


Q: How long should my paddle be?

A: The general idea for establishing the proper paddle dimension is to take the paddler’s height into consideration. The easiest method is to hold the paddle straight up and down next to your body. The top tip of the paddle should come up to the level of your armpit.


Q: What is the optimal paddle length and offset?

A: For paddlers in between 5’3″ and  5’8″, a paddle 192-196 centimeters in size must function terrific. For paddlers taller than 6’1″, a paddle in between 200 – 204 centimeters will be of adequate length. Next, you should consider your blades. The offset, or “spin,” describes the difference in angles in between the two blades.


Q: How do you hold a paddle?

A: Hold the paddle so the angles away from you: Holding the paddle the opposite way develops drag and minimizes your downstroke. Holding the paddle with the blade sloping away from you decreases resistance against the water, produces lift and additionally enables you to slide effectively along the water.


I hope these FAQs have helped answer a few questions. If you have additional questions, please leave them in the comment section below.