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Canoeing and kayaking
Want to join Falcon Kayaking or Canoeing?
Falcon has kayaking, canoeing, and rowing sections. Each section organises their training sessions independently.
Select from the links below to find out more about each section
If you're not sure of the difference between canoeing, kayaking and rowing take a look at the explanation below.
What's the difference between Kayaking, Canoeing and Rowing?
Not sure of the difference between kayaking, canoeing and rowing?
Canoeing, kayaking, and rowing are all water sports that involve paddling or rowing a small boat or watercraft through the water, but they differ in several ways:
- Equipment: Canoeing involves using a canoe, which is a narrow, open boat that is propelled with a single-bladed paddle. Kayaking involves using a kayak, which is a small, narrow boat that is propelled with a double-bladed paddle. Rowing involves using a rowing boat, which is a narrow, long boat that is propelled with oars.
- Technique: In canoeing, the paddler kneels or sits on a raised seat and uses a single-bladed paddle on either side of the boat. In kayaking, the paddler sits in a low seat with their legs stretched forward and uses a double-bladed paddle to stroke on both sides of the boat. In racing kayaks the paddler will use the paddle as well as their legs to push the boat forward.. In rowing, the rower sits on a sliding seat and uses oars to propel the boat, pushing with their legs and pulling with their arms in a coordinated motion.
- Purpose: Canoeing and kayaking are often done for recreational purposes, such as exploring waterways and enjoying the scenery. Canoes and kayaks can also be used competitively for sprint and marathon racing. At Falcon we offer both recreational and racing options.
- Speed: Kayaks are typically faster than canoes, and rowing boats are often the fastest of the three due to their design and the use of oars.
Overall, while all three sports involve moving a small boat through the water, the equipment, technique, purpose, and speed of each will differ depending on the choice of boat and objective of the session.