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Kayaking vs. Canoeing 

Posted on: August 17th, 2017

Colorado River kayaking

At first glance, kayaks and canoes seem very much alike. After all, both are lightweight boats that are designed to transport people across water. However, there are distinct differences between the two that you should know before you plan your Colorado River kayaking adventure.

Kayaks Are the “Sports Cars” of Canoes

One of the first things that you will notice is that a kayak is sleeker than a canoe. It sits lower in the water and requires a rider to sit with their legs extended. Also, a kayak typically has an enclosed top, while canoes create an open space. A typical canoe can fit multiple people, while a kayak fits one or two boaters for a ride down the Black Canyon that is both fun and relaxing. Since kayaks are easy to launch in the water, it is also possible to stop at highlights along the river for special experiences such as a marshmallow roast on the beach.

Kayaking Requires a Different Technique

Canoes and kayaks use different paddling techniques to move the boat across the water. A canoe uses a single-blade paddle that must be moved from one side of the boat to the other, while a kayak uses a double-sided paddle that allows the user to alternate paddling on both sides using a twisting motion. For those who have only canoed before, Colorado River kayaking offers a new style of boating that heightens the fun of the adventure. It is also possible for first-time boaters to ride in a double kayak with a guide to make paddling more manageable on longer tours.

Kayaks Offer Greater Versatility

Although there is no doubt that canoes make great boats, kayaks are often easier for beginners to pick up. They can also easily transition from calm waters to faster rapids, which means that kayakers can enjoy taking their boat anywhere that they prefer on a tour. Many kayaks also have holding compartments that allow boaters to store items such as cameras and snacks away from the water so that they can enjoy every minute of their experience.

At Blazin’ Paddles, we offer tours designed for everyone from beginners to avid kayakers. Book a tour with us online to discover the joys of kayaking along with the beauty of exploring the Colorado River.