In Rio Olympics 2016, two forms of rowing were similar: Kayaking and Rowing. While India didn’t qualify in either, it is still important to understand the differences in order to appreciate both the sports. The differences between these two sports are ambiguous for the viewers and hence we would like to remove the confusions. In this article we clarify five of the common differences between Kayaking and Canoeing.
Canoes and Kayaks have been around for thousands of years. In fact, the first canoes were simply hollowed-out trees. Kayaks were developed by the Inuit peoples of the Arctic specifically for fishing and hunting.
Both are light weight boats used in rivers and lakes. They are powered by humans using a paddle, a short pole with a broad blade at one or both ends. Both can be used in shallow water and both are used for recreational activities.
Way of sitting
Kayak : In Kayaks, paddlers sit on bottom with stretched legs
Canoe: In canoes, generally there is a sit on which the paddler sits. In a few cases where there are no seats, the paddlers kneel down.
Type of Paddles
Kayak : Paddlers use a double-handed paddle for manoeuvring the kayaks.
Canoe : Paddlers single-handed paddle for manoeuvring the canoes.
Type of Deck
Kayak: The kayak is closed in structure i.e. the inside of the boat is enclosed and surrounds the paddler
Canoe: The decks of canoes are open i.e. inside of the boat is open and uncovered
Kayak: Kayaks are very agile and hence speed is more
Canoe: The speed of canoes are relatively lower, but stability and space is more
Kayak: They are like sports cars and can carry fewer passengers and supplies
Canoe: They are like SUVs. They are used for recreational activities and can carry more people and supplies.