The term kayak comes from the eskimo word qayaq and refers to a type of canoe that this town used to fish and to move on water.
This vessel, which was custom built, had a single opening that allowed the crew member to enter. The Eskimos made their kayaks with seal leather , which covered the wooden structure.
The concept, at present, allows to refer to a canoe which has a certain resemblance to that created by the Eskimos. In these boats they can travel from one to four crew members, who drive the kayak with the use of oars. The speed competition between canoes is also known as kayaking.
For example: "My dream is to live near the sea and have a kayak to sail", "Tomorrow there will be a kayak fishing contest next to the pier", "The Prefecture recommended the population not to use kayaks until the shark is caught".
There are different types of kayaking depending on the kind of water you are sailing through. The shape and dimensions, therefore, adapt to these characteristics. All these vessels, however, share the use of oars as a propulsion mechanism.
In this sense, we can underline some of the most frequent and common types of kayaking, such as the self-emptying. This is framed within what is the category defined as "recreational" and is basically characterized by the fact that the crew member in question takes the legs outdoors and sits somewhat higher than in normal kayaks. Where it is most often used is on the beach or in the lakes.
Also, we also found the crossing. In its case, it is designed and made for those who use it to carry out a medium-long distance route both at sea and in large lakes. It is defined because it has a series of compartments so that all those elements that are needed when facing the path can be stored and because it has dimensions of 5 meters long and 0.55 meters wide.
In the same way, fishing kayak is very well known, which, as its name implies, is the one whose objective is to be employed to undertake the practice of this sport and leisure discipline by its owners. It stands out because it has several areas to store all the necessary equipment for it.
And finally it should be emphasized the whitewater kayak that is the one that is designed for all those passionate about adventure sports and specifically for those who like to enjoy walking calm waters. It is defined by having more volume, a more rounded design and being prepared to make great leaps.
It is important to note that kayaking not only serves to move for fun or to compete in speed races. A sport that is known as kayak-polo and that employs a ball allows to play matches between five boats with rounded tips (to avoid blows and damage). The goal is to score in the goal or rival goal.