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Paddling Basics:

PADDLING TERMINOLOGY: THE KAYAK

 

Bow:
The front area of the kayak.
Stern:
The back area of the kayak.
Freeboard:
The space between the waterline and the deck.
Cockpit:
The sitting area.
Deck:
The top area of the kayak.
Foot rests:
Adjustable pedals, walls, blocks, or ridges that you can rest your feet on.
Keel line:
A real (or imagined) line that runs down the center of the kayak.
Rocker:
This is the upturn or curve of the kayak hull along the keel line.
Seat:
This is the area where you sit. The seat will be centered in a one-person kayak, or if it’s a two-person kayak (or tandem), the front seat will be located at the bow end.
Back band:
A strap or pad that helps support your lower back.
Cockpit Rim (or ‘Bib Collar’):
This is the reinforced lip of the deck, which surrounds the opening of the cockpit.
Hull:
The body or shell of the kayak.
Paddle:
A handheld device with a shaft and two blades on either end. You use the paddle to manually propel the kayak through the water.

 

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Person on snowmobile riding through snowy trail
Person paddling in white water rapids
Three individuals backpacking across a yellow, grassy plain
Boat in the water with people sitting aboard
Hunter with a bow in tall grass at dusk
Man on yellow ATV riding through dirt tracks
Person on snowmobile riding through snowy trail
Person paddling in white water rapids
Three individuals backpacking across a yellow, grassy plain

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