Kayaking and canoeing- is it one or different?

Among water sports, kayaking and canoeing are one of the biggest rushes you should try it. There are many options for spaces like lakes, river rapids, waterfalls or the sea. It’s a good way to explore views and landscapes naturally. In addition, your health can be better when doing it usual.

 However, someone confuse kayaking and canoeing are the same. Actually, two sports are different. Following our article, we share basic information about both water sports.

Firstly, definition

Canoe is a small boat, pointed at both ends and used by one couple. Two paddlers sit or kneel on the ends then raise a single bladed paddle to steer and move in water. It has to be used power of paddlers. However, some modern boat set up electric motors or gas motors to push movement stronger.

While, a kayak is a slim boat, pointed by one kayaker who sits and uses paddles to steer and move on the water. It is normally covered by cockpit to avoid wet for paddler when moving in low water.

Secondly, difference about paddle

In kayak, paddles have two blades which set at 90° to make convenient for kayaker. But Canoe’s paddles have only one paddle and shorter than its paddle

Thirdly, type of kayaking and canoeing

About kayaking, there are some major types such as kayak touring when you tend to soak up the natural landscape, or sea kayaking for someone to prefer new experience dangerously and adventurously in the sea where waves are strong and powerful.

Whereas, canoeing has more type of version.

For example, marathon canoeing is long distance races which can split more races and portages. It depends on rules from the federation.

Sprint canoeing or a flatwater racing is a race when paddler sit his knee and use paddle to steer water as fast as he can.