There Are Many Terms & Definitions When It Comes To The Meanings Of Many Words In The Kayaking Dictionary

What Are Some Of The Definitions?

As with any activity and if you are new to it you might not know the meaning of some of the words associated with it. If you are taking lessons, renting or going on a trip the company will make you familiar with many of these so you understand what it is they are talking about. For this particular sport the meanings of many you will already know from regular experience.

Definitions, Glossary & Terms


Beam – The beam is a part of a kayak that runs from side to side across the lower side of the kayak and helps to determine how stable the kayak is in the water.


Cockpit – This is the part of the craft where the paddlers and passengers are seated, each model has a different sized cockpit as well as some that have a high back or a high front that aid in paddling or keeping water out.


Hatch – the hatches on this type of craft are constructed in a way that they are water tight and they are made to stow gear and supplies for trips on the water.


Helmet – A helmet is just as with other sports used to protect the head from injuries in cases where the craft is tipped or capsized.


Hull—A hull is the part of the kayak that is the very bottom and can be constructed from flat to a V shape that determines how stable the craft will be in the water as well as what amount of speed can be gained.


Paddle – Paddles are just as with other motor less watercrafts made to power the craft and come in different sizes and made from different materials from lightweight metal to different types of wood.


Paddle Blades – The blade of the paddle is as important as the paddle handle, there are some that are single blades that are a fan shape while there are others that have two blades going in different directions and some will have one blade with an arc sliced out to make slicing the water easier.


Personal Floatation Device – This is often more commonly known as a life vest or jacket, and is used in this sport to protect the person should they be tipped in the water.


Water Ratings – There are different ratings for each type of water from a class one to a class six, this rating is done with the current, the waves, the rapids and difficulty of traveling the water in mind.