Kayaking or Canoeing, Which is Easier for the Beginner?

If you’re new to water sports you may be looking for something to get your heart pumping while having fun. If this sounds like you, then hitting the waters with a kayak or canoe is probably top on your list. That being said, if you are a newbie you may be wondering which small water craft is the easiest to learn. The answer depends on a few factors which we’ll discuss below. First, since this is a new form of exercise, we strongly urge you to check with your personal physician. Once you get your doctor’s okay to engage in this form of exercise, it’s time to start shopping. 

Before you begin browsing for a canoe or kayak, it’s a good idea to go online and watch some videos to get a gist of how each one is propelled. There are plenty of recreational as well as “how to” videos to give you an introduction of the basics. For instance, canoes use a paddle with a single blade. As a paddler in a canoe, you’re responsible for learning how to steer the canoe. Basically, All that’s required is that you switch sides. The kayak paddle, on the other hand, has two blades. Here, the paddler uses alternate strokes to get the kayak moving. As for steering, kayaks generally have rudders you move with your feet. 

In the end, most people find that kayaking is easier to learn. This is due to the fact that you propel the kayak with your double-bladed paddle, while steering with your feet For some, it expends less energy and is much easier than the paddling and steering using only one single-bladed paddle, as seen in canoeing. Also, know that when it comes to turbulent waters, it’s the kayak which rules over the canoe. This means that the build of the kayak makes paddling through rough waters easier, which in turn makes it a better choice for the beginner.