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Difference between Canoes, Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards


Confused about the difference between a canoe and a kayak? Want to get out on the water but not quite sure which craft is best for you? Take a look at the descriptions below to help you make the right choice...

Canoes
Canoes

Canoeing is when you are sitting on a bench-type seat with your feet on the floor, using a single-ended paddle to propel yourself through the water. In general, you can fit between 2 and 4 people in a canoe. Canoes are the most stable and sit higher on the water, making them the best option for people who may be a little nervous or are insistent that they don't want to get wet! They also tend to be a good option for people with any joint, hip or back issues as you are sitting in a seat, compared to a kayak where you are sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you (if you have any medical concerns then please talk to your GP before booking).
A Canoe

Kayaks
Kayaks

A Kayak
A kayak is smaller than a canoe and is lower to the water. When in a kayak you sit on the bottom of the boat with your legs out in front of you, and your feet resting on foot pegs for support. When paddling, you use a double-ended paddle and paddle on both sides of the kayak.Kayaks are a great choice for people who are more confident in their abilities or are up for getting slightly wet from the splashing of the water when paddling. They give you more manoeuvrability when on the water and when paddling correctly, can reach some impressive speeds! Kayaks can be "sit-in" or "sit-on-top":-
Sit-in Kayaks - This is the more enclosed of the two types of kayak. The seat is within a cockpit meaning your legs are inside the craft.
Sit-on-Top Kayaks - These boats do not have a cockpit, with the seat located on the top deck of the craft. No part of the paddler enclosed.

Stand-up Paddleboards
Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP)

Arguably the most fun (and most wet!) of all the options. Not only do you get a completely different view from that of a canoe or kayak, but you also get a core workout at the same time! Stand-Up paddleboards sometimes take a little getting used to if you've never been on one before, but once you've got the hang of it, you'll be on your way. These can be paddled from either a kneeling or standing position, with a long, single-ended paddle.
Stand-up Paddleboards