Small adjustments to how your body sits in the kayak can also affect how your kayak moves. Learn to rotate your hips to maneuver and shift your body weight to make slight adjustments to your kayak while paddling. Pushing on one footrest too hard while paddling can also cause the kayak to pull slightly to one side.
Why does my kayak go in circles?
Going in circles while in a paddled craft such as a kayak/canoe/raft means that there is more force being applied on one side than the other (this is also how you turn the craft). If you notice that you are going to one side, paddle more on that side and less on the other until the craft straightens out.
Do I need a skeg on my kayak?
The most important reason to use a skeg is to keep your kayak on track with hopefully less effort from you. It can make the kayak much easier to handle and much calmer for paddling. … If there is no wind or waves then your kayak will not likely have any trouble keeping straight and the skeg does very little.
How can I make my kayak easier?
ON THE WATER
- SIT TIGHT, SIT STRAIGHT. While sitting with your back supported in the kayak, place the balls of your feet in the foot guides. …
- PACE YOURSELF. Don’t be a rabbit right out of the dock. …
- STAY ALERT. …
- STAY IN CONTACT WITH OTHERS. …
- MOVE WITH YOUR KAYAK, NOT AGAINST IT. …
- BRING BINOCULARS.
Where should the stronger paddler sit in a kayak?
The stronger paddler should sit in the stern. Sometimes called the “pull-to,” the draw stroke is used to change the direction of the canoe. It can also be used to move the canoe sideways, such as when you’re pulling alongside a dock.
What is tracking in a kayak?
Tracking: This relates to how straight the kayak moves. Does it continue in a straight forward motion after you stop paddling? If it does, than it has good tracking. Kayaks with great tracking are often less maneuverable. Edging: Edging a kayak is something that can take some practice.