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A narrower blade can minimize fatigue and joint stress. 12a); river kayakers use shorter, double-bladed paddles, which are different from the paddles sea kayakers use. Double-bladed paddles have flat or spoon-shaped blades. 12c). 12 (a) A single-bladed paddle; (b) an offset, or feathered, blade; (c) parallel, or ­unfeathered, blades. /R2 Equipping the Paddler Good paddling technique increases stroke efficiency. Those who master torso rotation make good use of the large muscle groups, increase stroke power, and are less tired.

47 UPPER-LIMB AMPUTATION (continued) • If planning whitewater or surf or sea kayaking, have the paddler swim either a Class I rapid or swim through the surf line wearing full paddling gear to give both the paddler and the potential rescuer an idea of the effort required. 2/341907/alw/r2 48 Have the person use a correctly sized type III PFD that fits appropriately and ensure that the adjustment tabs are pulled snuggly and all clips are fastened. See Life Jackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) on page 34 in chapter 5 for tips on how to fit the PFD.

Longer kayaks tend to be easier to paddle over long distances than shorter ones are (once you get them up to speed). They also stay on course better and hold more gear. Shorter kayaks weigh less, are less affected by winds, and are easier to maneuver and transport. However, they can be harder to paddle straight than longer kayaks. The five primary types of kayaks are recreational kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, inflatable kayaks, touring/sea kayaks, and river/whitewater kayaks. 9). • Advantages: They have large open cockpits and more space for adaptation and are easy to enter and exit.

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