A kayak is a small human-powered boat that traditionally has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler who strokes a double-bladed paddle. The cockpit is sometimes covered by a spraydeck (or “skirt”) that prevents the entry of water from waves or spray and makes it possible, in some boats, to roll the kayak: that is, to capsize and right it without it filling with water or ejecting the paddler. Some modern kayaks have modified the traditional design in various ways, such as: eliminating the cockpit by seating the paddler on top of the boat (“sit-on-top” kayaks); having inflated air chambers surrounding the boat; and replacing paddles with other propulsion methods, such as foot-powered “flippers”.

Kayaks are often used to get closer to marine animals, for example sea otters.

Kayaks differ from canoes in the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. In a kayak, the paddler sits on or near the hull of the boat and uses a double-bladed paddle. In a canoe, the paddler sits on a seat or kneels on the hull, and uses a single-bladed paddle. In some parts of the world, such as the United Kingdom, kayaks are considered a subtype of canoes.

The kayak was first made and used by the native Ainu, Aleut and Eskimo hunters in sub-Arctic regions of northeastern Asia, North America and Greenland.

Kayaking in the 30's

kirkscubagear is pleased to now be a Canadian supplier of kayaking/canoe accessories, all made in the U.S.A. All products are reasonable in price and are shipped quickly with inexpensive shipping.

kirkscubagear, your site for scuba, snorkeling, freediving, swimming, outdoor products and now Canoe & Kayak Fishing Accessories & Canoe and Kayak Rigging accessories.

Just a few of the new products for kayaking and canoeing alike::

Basic Paddle Leash::FISHnPOLE::Leash::CLICKnGO Stake Out Leash::Outriggers::Universal Scupper Plug Kit::Deck Hatches.

All Paddle leashes are made of tough nylon bungee to withtand the rigors of paddling especially in salt water. All loops are hand done with two galvanized steel crimps and sealed with shrink wrap to deter corrison. These products comes with a life time unconditional warranty.

Kayaks, canoes and the people using them that enjoy such an intimate fishing experience can be fitted with scores of kayak accessories and canoe accessories to meet each and every need. Most kayaks can be equipped with fishing accessories such as anchor trolleys, rod holders, electronic fish-finders, leashes to secure your item, among other items.Personalizing your kayak or canoe to the type of fishing you do brings hours of enjoyment.

Kathy Dowsett


About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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