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Recreational Kayaking – Why You Should Give It a Try?

“To All Those People Considering Recreational Kayaking!”

Kayaking comes in several forms. If you are interested in recreational kayaking, you must understand that there are lots of things to take into consideration. Recreational kayaking is very much different from surf kayaking and touring.

When you say recreational, it is only intended for calm water and paddling by the shoreline. This means that you can kayak on a pond, lake, or along the shore. Usually, kayaks for recreation do not utilize rudders. They are often inflatable and may comprise some open sort of flooring. If you take all of these things into account, you will understand better what recreational kayaking is.

Do you know that kayaks already exist during the prehistoric era? Yes, it is t rue. Even in the early times, there are already boats crafted in different materials, designs, and sizes. Most of the crafts were replaced with more advanced materials, designs and techniques as the modern period comes in. This is the solid proof that kayaks are among the modes of transportation that have withstood the test of time. As a matter of fact, the recreational kayaks are even considered as the vessel for the masses.

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Today kayaks are utilized for extreme water sports. They have the ability to get through coastline, rivers, and fast-moving water torrents. Also, they are manufactured from various kinds of materials such as plastic, metal, wood, fiberglass and rubber. Most riders prefer the kayak constructed in plastic because it is usually inflatable. This only means that it is easy to transport and very convenient to use unlike the other types of kayaks.

Generally speaking, the modern versions of kayaks are classified into two, namely: the traditional cockpit and the sit on top design. There are also kayaks that are specifically designed for tandem use, group paddling, whitewater ride and ocean touring. They have their own features and uses.

Traditionally, kayakers use this craft for fishing or camping. They are very advantageous compared to other water vessels. You can transport them without difficulty. They are also low cost and convenient. You can find them in any recreational sport shops. But if you want to avoid any hassle, you can easily purchase them on the internet.

Why is kayaking  awesome for you?

Here are the common reasons why you should try recreational kayaking:

  1. Physical workout

When you exercise, it does not mean it should be unexciting. There are a lot of recreational activities that you can try to keep you in shape and healthy. Paddling is a good means to enhance the upper area of your muscles. The core muscles are vital for the proper functioning of your body. By means of this kind of workout, you are making your muscles stronger.

2. Peaceful mind

Recreational kayaking can give various effects on your mental health. Paddling in clam water brings harmony and peace to you mind. On the other hand, paddling against the wild rapids can bring delight and excitement to your mind.

3. Joy and satisfaction

Kayaking gives you utmost happiness and sense of fulfillment. There is fun while you are paddling in the water, whether you are with a tandem, group, or by yourself. With recreational kayaking, you get to discover places and sceneries that you will not be able to witness by land.

All in all, recreational kayaking is both a great form of exercise and a comforting activity. It is also exhilarating in the sense when you kayak on huge waves. Keep in mind that you must research first about kayaking before you decide to join in this kind of extreme adventure. Safety must be your number one priority when you engage in any kind of extreme sport.

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What To Consider When Buying A Diving Wristwatch For Your Water Sport Activities?

So many bloggers have written about lots of complicated criteria when choosing a waterproof or dive watch, such as: Condensation, Water resistance, Lume So I don’t talk about those things here anymore, but focus on more basic but important things instead!

Watch case material

There are several types of metals used for watch cases: stainless steel, 18ct gold, platinum and titanium.

Stainless steel is the most common alloy used for dive watch cases and bracelets. Because of its durability and anti-corrosiveness it is the ideal metal in dive watches. Grades of 316L and 904L are the types commonly used.

Gold is the second most common alloy in watches, and can be either gold-plated or PVD gold coated.

There are differences between gold plating and PVD coating. Gold plating is a process where a thin layer of gold (measured in microns) is electro-chemically coated over another metal (usually stainless steel in watches). However, people tend to prefer the PVD (physical vapour deposition) where the gold is vaporized in a vacuum chamber under high temperature and deposited on the watch. It is a more durable form of coating, is anti-corrosive to salt water and doesn’t sweat like gold-plating. Because it is a more durable it is used in medium to high-end dive watches.

Platinum is also used, but is very exclusive and expensive. The best dive watches that are encased in platinum impart wealth and prestige, and command extremely high prices in the thousands of dollars.

 Titanium is twice as strong as stainless steel and extremely resistant to salt water and corrosion.

A titanium watch
A watch case made of Titanium

Also look for a watch case and bracelet that have the links as solid pieces of metal rather than anything hollow. It is easy to tell a solid bracelet by looking at the side of it and noticing it if looks like one solid piece. The best dive watches at this level have cases that are made from the fewest amounts of pieces and using the most metal possible.

Watch movements

Automatic/Self-winding

Watches that wind themselves by the motion of the wearer’s arm. The movement action itself keeps the watch’s pivoting weight wound by its mainspring barrel. The first self-winding mechanism was invented by Abraham Louis Perrelet in the 1770s for pocket watches. In case you don’t wear your watch so often or you have more than one automatic pieces, a watch winder would help you keep the watches running by turning them around!

Quartz

An oscillating quartz crystal is powered by a small battery. The quartz oscillator
creates a signal which is more accurate than a mechanical watch as it vibrates 32,768
vibrations a second, with the crystal cut in a small tuning fork shape on a particular
crystal plane. This frequency is equal to 215 cycles per second. They are used in both
digital and analogue watches. The two main makers of quartz are Japan and
Switzerland. Swiss quartz are the makers of the highest quality mechanical
movements, but Japan has caught up in terms of quality since the 1980s, Seiko & Citizen are among the best manufacturers of quartz dive watches .

Kinetic

Like mechanical and quartz, kinetic is a platform. First introduced at Baselworld 1986, Seiko unveiled a prototype that converted kinetic movement into electrical energy.

Strap/Band

Rubber straps are good or stainless steel which is anti-corrosive. In some watches an extra-long strap extension piece can be built into a steel bracelet to fit over a diving suit.

Helium release valve

Diving watches used for saturation diving at great depths will have a helium or breathing gas escape valve to prevent the crystal being blown off by helium in high pressured helium environments.

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Basic Spearfishing Techniques & Tips

So you have decided that you wanted to try your hand at spearfishing, that’s great! But before you get started here are a few spearfishing techniques and tips before you take the plunge.

1. Have the Right Spearfishing Gear

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Before you can practice your “spearfishing techniques”, you need to make sure you have the proper gear. Being underwater can be an amazing experience, but only if you aren’t bogged down by heavy and unnecessary equipment. Talk to experienced spearfishing pros online or at your local spearfishing shop to get an idea on what you really need and don’t need.

Having the right spearfishing gear will allow you to progress from a novice to a pro in no time.

2. Be “Spearfishing” Fit

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Spearfishing is a physically demanding sport and hobby. Proper spearfishing techniques require that you be in good health. A good mix of strength and aerobic exercises will help build your stamina and keep you from getting winded quickly underwater. Swimming should be a no-brainer exercise for you, this will help target all of the correct muscle groups and increase your spearfishing performance. If you plan on doing snorkeling or free diving spearfishing, practice your breathing techniques so you can safely stay underwater for longer periods of time.

3. Spearfishing Buoyancy Techniques

Understanding the principals of buoyancy is one of the biggest spearfishing techniques you need to comprehend and master. Knowing that the more energy you use to get to your desired depth, the more oxygen your body uses. If you are spearfishing with a snorkel or free diving, this is even a bigger issue. So a huge spearfishing tip is to use a weight belt. A weight belt is a crucial piece of equipment in spearfishing, as it helps you conserve energy, and stay in position on the water’s bottom.

4. Carry a Knife When You Go Spearfishing

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Carrying a knife with your while you spearfish is important and necessary . The knife serves a multitude of purposes while you are underwater.

First, it is used as a humane method of dispatching a fish if your initial hit with the spear did not kill it. There is a proper technique to this in spearfishing and can be found with an easy Google search of “Iki jime a fish” and you’ll find plenty of resources to show you how it is properly done.

Next, a knife is essential to getting untangled from lines. It happens, more often than you think and you’ll be happy that you remembered your knife while spearfishing.

Lastly of course, is a knife for protection. Remember while you are underwater practicing your newest spearfishing techniques that you in a completely different environment. There is a whole new list of predators in the water that you need to be vigilant for. You should always be aware of your surrounds while spearfishing and be prepared for what may be around that rock or over the ledge.

5. Know Your Speargun

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Remember that a speargun is a weapon. Keep in mind while using it of recoil and distance that your spear can travel while you track your targets. There are plenty of documented cases of people spearfishing and coming back up to the surface with a bloody lip or black eye because of a nasty punch from their speargun. Proper grip and technique will keep you spearfishing, injury free.

6. Where You Spearfish

Each location is completely different. If you are spearfishing on a reef, in a bay, or even in a lake, each environment is different. You need to make sure you are familiar with the underwater terrain and what to expect once you are under. A practiced and knowledgeable spearfishman is a good spearfisherman.

So there you have it, basic spearfishing techniques and tips that everyone should know. After hunting down a big fish, the next thing you want to do might be to enjoy a delicious meal with roasted fish. Collect some firewood or get some coal to roast fish, prepare some beverages, then enjoy!