When considering an adventure race for the first time, people sometimes ask us ‘Will my feet get wet when I kayak?’ or ‘Does it matter I’ve never kayaked before’. Here we give you some practical advice and tips about getting the best out of this stage of an adventure race.
If you sit straight with your back comfortably on the seat, it gives you more balance in the boat. Also have your knees bent slightly.
Your hands should be shoulder width apart. There should be the same amount of paddle shaft and blade beyond both of your hands. If you’re right handed keep your right hand tight and left hand loose on the paddle. By doing this your right hand will rotate the blade.
Put you paddle in at your toes and pull it back as far as your hips. The paddle blade should be over by the water. When you are pulling back on one side you should be push forward with the opposite side at the same time. All the power should come from the torso. Try to find a rhythm with your partner in the kayak.
Turning a kayak
Both should paddle on the same side, opposite to the direction you want to go.
The person at the back can continue their stroke back and under the boat as far as possible if a tight turn is needed
Talk to your partner
For the Quest Adventure Series, a double sit on top kayak will be provided. Generally, the heavier and /or more experienced paddler will sit at the back. It’s advisable for the person at the back of the kayak to inform their partner on a suitable rhythm. The person at the back should then match their paddling rhythm with the person upfront. Remember to catch them for a shandy in the bar afterwards to relive that lake-bound expedition.
Relax and enjoy
The more you relax, the less chance you will fall in! Most people who take part in our events say the kayak stage is the most fun of the day and a break between the tougher cycles and runs – but it’s all down to you at the end of the day. Oh, and your feet might get a little wet!
Learn more about Quest adventure races here.