Kayaking is an activity that has evolved from being a means for survival to a recreational activity. Kayaks were originally used by the Inuit people who used them for water hunting and fishing. The Inuit people depended hugely on fish, seal and whale meat for their food. Hunting for these creatures however required a vessel that was carefully crafted for the treacherous chilly waters of the Arctic region.
The kayak was the ideal vessel for the Inuit for hunting and for travel. The light easy navigable and safe vessel was built for one person. It could navigate very dangerous waters and it was very good for accessing narrow and shallow channels where other vessels could not access.
The kayak has increasingly been embraced by other societies and it has seen its popularity grow immensely in modern times. The popularity of the kayak in modern times is usually as a result of it being used as a recreational vessel.
The kayak is a preferred water craft for recreation hugely due to its easy maneuverability. Unlike other crafts, the kayak is very easy to handle, or to maneuver. It can be easily handled by only one pilot. Kayaks are so easy to use such that even small children below ten years can manage to use a kayak all by themselves especially in calm water. The fact that kayaks are easy to maneuver therefore makes them ideal for recreational use since novices and people with no experience at all can still manage to use a kayak.
Kayaks are also very light compared to other water vessels. A kayak can be carried easily by a single person. Due to this light weight, kayaks can be carried around from one place to the other easily. This is important as a recreational object since revelers will most of the time like to visit different places. Many times individuals own their own personal kayaks and they carry them around on their cars as they visit different kayaking destinations.
Today there are different designs of kayaks that have been developed that make the kayak even more portable. The leading kayak design in portability is the inflatable kayak. Once deflated, the inflatable kayak can be folded to fit into a normal sized bag. The material used to make the inflatable kayak is also very light.
Kayaks are great recreational vessels because of their versatility. Kayaks can be used for various functions including water sports. There are kayaks that are specially designed for different kinds of water sporting activities such as white water kayaking kayak racing, and show boating.
Kayaks are also used for ocean or sea touring. They are used to tour and view interesting landscapes along rivers and sea shores. They are also used for photography and birdwatching.
Kayaks are also good vessels for fishing. They are loved by solo anglers especially due to their easy maneuverability and their ability to access difficult channels.
There are special kayaks that can be used to carry more than one person who can sail in tandem. There are modern kayaks especially sit on top kayaks that can be used to carry dogs and other pets.