There Is Such A Thing As Pro Kayaking. Your Not Going To Get Rich At It But It Will Pay The Bills If you Get A Sponsor

Can You Become A Prefessional Kayaker?

Yes, you can become a professional kayaker if you can find a sponsor but most people do not do it on the pro level as it is not that well paying of a career. If you are thinking of becomming a pro kayaker then the best is to be an outdoor guide where you take people to areas in which most people can't get to. Kayaking is an olympic sport and that is the main professional competition.

Professional And Pro Kayaking


Not every person who kayaks will reach the advanced level of kayaking those who do need to learn paddling skills that can take him or her down rough waters filled with rapids that are in the higher classifications of rapid ratings.

Some of the paddling techniques a that will be learned are things such as the sculling draw, edging a very important technique to learn, the lower brace stroke and others to help maneuver in the rough waters.

One technique that is often used by professionals has been named air time, for this when the kayak is first put in the water, the paddle is placed in the air making it parallel to the keel. It will be between shoulder and eye height when the person is between strokes. The professional kayaker does this for as many as twenty strokes, they also count while doing this by seconds and the reason for doing this is to develop a pattern for balance and rotation, it will also help the power the body uses when placing the paddle blade in the water.

The reason for learning many of these paddling techniques is to avoid currents, rapids, rocks and other debris. One of these is the lower brace stroke or lower support stroke, for this type of paddling the important part of the body that is used is the hips. The body stays vertical and the kayak is tipped, the paddles are used in combination of brace and support strokes to chop the water and have been called a J Lean. This type of paddling maneuver is used when there is fear of capsizing or tipping and can be used to take the kayak out of the danger zone.

Edging is also a technique that is important when in the rougher class rapids, although it is one maneuver that can also help the beginner and the intermediate kayaker. Edging is using the legs in conjunction with the paddles to turn the kayak left or right.

A maneuver that is named the sculling draw is important in the waters the advanced person will be found in and should be learned by the advanced kayaker. The sculling draw is a maneuver used to move a kayak sideways, to do this maneuver the paddle is held in a forward hold, the body is turned to the side and the paddle then placed in the water at a vertical angle. The arm of the upper hand is bent at close to a ninety-degree angle and the power face of the blade is faced toward the kayak. This is used often to dock with other kayaks as well as to cross dangerous waters to the shore, so this can be used also as a rescue maneuver in certain situations with other kayaks.