Learning to swim in a canoe

30.04.2015

Learning to swim in a canoe

An active sport (which, undoubtedly, is rafting on a kayak) is always a kind of elemental challenge and an ardent desire to prove to ourselves and others, that yes, we can do it! Therefore, meeting obstacles is not at all an unexpected and unexpected phenomenon, but on the contrary - a desired and sought-after goal. And here, a priori, the most important thing is to properly prepare for the meeting, not to let yourself be taken aback.

 

 

Experienced rafters are always thoroughly trained. Keep up with the "pioneers of canoeists" will help you tips and recommendations given in this article.
Light obstacles


First, we define what they are - water obstacles. The simplest ones are faststines, shoals, rapids, separate surface and pitfalls, algae or reed thickets, skids, etc., etc.


Sand shoals and rolling do not pose a special danger to the kayak - the main thing is to correctly determine where the main water falls. It is easy to distinguish a deep place from a shoal: usually, above the shoal, the water is lighter and with no wind it ripples or forms a small wave.It is recommended to pass bystrin carefully, avoiding a pile on a concave bank.


Tips experienced: lighter obstacles pass alternately, watching the progress of the head "pilot" kayaks. The speed of the kayak relative to the stream when rowing should be positive (if tabbed - accordingly, negative). Do not forget also that any controlling forward stroke, except for changing course, will give the kayak additional speed, while the forward stroke controller will slow it down.
Challenging obstacles

 

Debris, creases, rapids, dams, bushes hanging over the water, as well as large waves when the wind is in open water - these are already more difficult obstacles.

 


The general rule on the technique of passing complex obstacles reads as follows: it is desirable to maneuver, taking into account the speed and direction of the flow, to avoid colliding with an obstacle so as not to be flooded with water and turned upside down.


On rivers with a fast current - more than 5 km / h - it is better not to come close to the debris, but, having come to the bank, look for a passage. Otherwise, there is a risk of breaking the vessel, and even worse: you can be tightened with logs along with the canoe. If a collision occurs, try to set a roll on the blockage and, clinging to the logs with your hands, get out on them.


Thresholds are the most difficult to pass, especially if they have “shiverny” areas where water is rushing among stones randomly scattered in the river bed, breaking up and forming standing waves. Thresholds and Shiver - a characteristic feature of mountain rivers, where often there are areas with significant water fall.


The threshold represents one or many sudden drops of water in the channel, often with stones located close to the surface. The threshold may have several triangles in the shape of a triangle with the top facing down. Stone jets form the sides of the triangle, and standing waves run below the tops.

 

Difficult thresholds are necessarily reconnoitered in advance - this allows you to correctly outline a safe course and remember the landmarks. The difficulty of passing the threshold is determined by the channel of the river, its bends and turns, slope and amount of water.


On the main part of the stream - the center line of the triangle - the most powerful standing shafts are formed. It is possible to pass the top of a triangle with relatively weak streams, standing shafts up to 1 m high. With a height of standing shafts greater than 0.5 m, the kayak should be battened down with an apron and skirts.


Large differences in elevations in plums are overcome only if there is an easy access (plums have to develop high speed and substitute aft under a powerful stream, believe me, it is not worth it).


At high speeds, standing water, backflows, and whirlpools are very dangerous. When studying the threshold, consider the possibility of reverse currents in the catches below. If the nose of the kayak falls into the standing water or into the countercurrent, the vessel can easily turn around the jet and tip over, and therefore make sure that it runs parallel to the jet or at a small angle to it.


On the Shiver there are no sudden drops of water and large standing waves, but the channel is heavily littered and there are no clear drains, which creates a significant difficulty in their passage. Worst of all, when the passage of the Shiver and the threshold is not possible to stick to the shore and carry around. Therefore, timely reconnaissance of the terrain takes on special importance here, and it is worthwhile to set off along the rapids for small rivers only if you know the route well.


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