Whether a kayaker is a beginner, intermediate or advanced in skill level, these cities offer enjoyable tours with guides who can explain the city along the way by modular kayak.
Ann Arbor Offers Kayaking on the Huron River by modular kayak
Kayakers can drive to Delhi Park and launch rented modular kayak into the Huron River, then glide through cattails along the shore and float slowly downstream. The river is wide and serene, making it hard to believe that downtown Ann Arbor is just a few miles away. The route takes paddlers under an old low railroad bridge and around wide bends. A few miles down, the river curves and on the bank high above, a palatial stone mansion in the Tudor style stands, with its stone boat house, a reminder of the Great Gatsby life made possible in nearby Detroit in the early days of the auto boom. The two-hour easy paddle takes kayakers to a landing at Barton’s Pond. Sun and Snow Ski Swim and Paddle arranges several types of outings on the Huron River with modular kayak and a guide.
Many modular Kayak Tours Are Available in San Francisco Bay
City Kayaks offers rentals and kayak tours, guided or unguided, for various skill levels, including a guided 3.5-mile Alcatraz tour. Their two-hour Downtown Kayak Trip in performance touring kayaks glides by the Bay Bridge, Cupid’s Arrow, the Ferry Building, McCovey Cove, Lefty O’Doul Draw Bridge, and the Mission Creek houseboat community. Their Full Moon modular kayak trip for intermediate kayakers passes most of the same sites, in a monthly 1 1/2-hour tour during the full moon. Their Golden Gate Bridge trip for experienced kayakers includes the Presidio, the Golden Gate Bridge and Baker Beach.
Paddle Under Chicago’s Looming Skyscrapers on the Chicago River
Kayakers can see Chicago’s architectural history close-up by taking a paddle along this urban river.
Take the three-hour easy Architectural History tour with Kayak mods Chicago and glide through architectural canyons past buildings designed by some of America’s greatest architects. Begin at North Avenue and paddle down to the Loop. Along the way paddlers learn about the river, the early history of the city, and why Chicago was located here. The Sunset Paddle requires no experience and lets paddlers glide through the city as the light falls and the buildings begin to glow, and ends as the urban lights begin to twinkle in the dark. Other tours include a Night Paddle and a Leisure Paddle.
From sea lions and snapping turtles to skyscrapers soaring from the water’s edge, kayaking these three American cities offers an up-close and personal view of nature, shipping, leisure and scenic pleasures missed by those who simply drive through urban centers in their cars.
Get A Workout Outside In Kayak Mods
It’s time to try something new – get a workout on the water. Yes, ON the water! Kayaking can give a great workout. “I believe this is the beginning of a fitness revolution”, says Jodi Bigelow, author of Kayaking For Fitness (The Heliconia Press, 2008). “People are looking for alternatives to going to the gym.”
Types of Kayak Mods
A kayak is a light-weight boat that has single or double seating and is propelled through the water by a double-bladed paddle. Modern kayaks come in a variety of designs and are made for specific purposes. The varieties include kayaks made for recreation, whitewater, racing and fishing, and the paddler has the option of sitting in the kayak or on top of it.
Kayaking is an activity that has universal appeal. Anyone can do it. Men and women of all ages are paddling. It is a low impact sport so people with limiting capabilities, such as arthritis or bad knees, are finding it easy to kayak. Without any real rules, participants can go at their own speed, either alone or with a group. It is also an activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Many athletes, such as runners and cyclists who have well-developed legs, use kayaking as a cross-training activity.
Get A Workout
Many people take to the water as a leisure activity but it can quickly develop into a fitness routine. Kayaking is a cardiovascular workout, burning the same amount of calories as moderate swimming or jogging. Although this sport has the most affect on the upper body (including upper back, biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms) it is actually a full body workout. “The strength to power a kayak, when done correctly, comes from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs, says Bigelow. “You are connecting the boat with your body through your heel.” Ultimately, the biggest benefit of kayaking comes in the increase in core strength. The abdominals are constantly being worked when keeping the balance of the boat and paddling and maneuvering in the water.
Other Benefits of Kayaking
The benefits of kayaking move beyond the body; they also help to relieve stress. “I love the freedom and sense of adventure that kayaking brings. It’s not only an amazing exercise, but you really are directly in touch with nature,” explains Alissa Sears. “Kayaking gives me both an incredible peace of mind and sense of balance and ability. It also provides space and an opportunity to be in balance with nature, as well as being a great time for insight, reflection and thought.”
Many areas have outdoor sports centers that offer kayak rentals. Prospective buyers should try different styles of kayaks until they find one they like. “Pick any boat that you feel safe and stable in then just paddle until you find your technique. If you keep fitness in mind you’re more conscious of your efforts and you’ll get a better workout,” advises Bigelow. “Of course, it is wise to invest in a quality instructor to learn good technique.” These same stores usually offer guided excursions and lessons.
Kicking it up!
As the sport of kayaking increase in popularity, there are increased offerings for those wanting to try new and different approaches. Heather Dolan is a member of SEAL TEAM PT, which is located in Richmond and is run by a former Navy Seal, John McGuire. Once a week they hit the flat water for an unusual kayak experience. “We do push-ups on our open-seated kayaks, swim drills around and under the kayak, stand on the kayak and paddle, and we also race in our kayaks,” says Dolan.
Kayaking is an exercise that allows people of all ages and fitness levels to use kayaking to get an invigorating workout outside.
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