For an exhilarating, freeing watersport that’s a lot of fun, look no further than kayaking. It's a fantastic hobby that provides great exercise and an adrenaline rush, along with the opportunity to explore on the water. But before you embark on a Hawaiian kayaking adventure, it’s important to understand the basics of the sport, namely paddling. Without proper knowledge and equipment, kayaking can be dangerous.
With over 20 years of paddling experience and kayaking in Hawaii, Go Bananas Watersports, located in both Honolulu and Aiea, has expert knowledge of all things kayaking. Their stores offer everything you need to get started out on the water, including new and used kayaks for sale, kayak rentals, roof racks, and kayak accessories—plus their staff is eager to offer some watersport tips if you need them.
Once you have all of the necessary equipment, it’s time to learn to paddle. Here are three important paddling strokes to know:
- Forward Stroke: Out on the water, you can’t remain stagnant. Move forward by placing the tip of your paddle on one side of the boat and pushing the water behind you, rotating your torso as you complete the stroke. During the next stroke, paddle on the opposite side to go straight.
- Sweep Stroke: This move is used for turning your kayak. To do this, lean the boat slightly to one edge, careful to maintain balance. Then sweep the paddle blade in a wide arcing motion toward the rear of the boat. Simply lift the blade to finish.
- Reverse Forward Stroke: Sometimes, you’re going to need to back up. To reverse, dip your blade in the water on one side of the boat, and then the other to first slow down your speed. Then back-paddle by essentially performing the forward stoke backwards. Be sure to rotate your torso between paddles just as you would for the forward stroke.
While there are definitely other types of moves to conquer before you’re an expert kayaker, with these three paddling strokes, you’ll be ready to start practicing—but remember to always keep emergency supplies, such as a cell phone in a dry bag and a first-aid kit on you! If you'd like a demonstration on these maneuvers, head to Go Bananas Watersports and talk to a kayak rental professional.
The staff at Go Bananas Watersports will be happy to provide you with the supplies and equipment you need to enjoy kayaking in Hawaii. For more information on kayak rentals and sales in Honolulu and Aiea, call (868) 737-9514 or visit the Go Bananas Watersports website.