Kayak de Mer
We offer different kayak trips for a day or half a day. Embark on a sea kayak to discover exceptional sites in the Calanques National Park and in the entire South of France region. It is closer to the water where you will explore these unique and natural heritages. Kayaking is the best way to take the time to discover the activity and soak up the environment all year round. You will appreciate this obersvation boat to slalom through faults and caves. By the day, you will enjoy a picnic in a calanque.
The sea kayak activity is easy to access and gives sensations immediately after the first use. Physical engagement is accessible to all, it is close to hiking but seated.
Don’t wait any longer: embark!
If canoe-kayak refers to all of these disciplines, canoeing and kayaking are is still a different practices, but what are these specific aspects?
Is it the number of places?
Is it the type of boat?
Well, not at all!
We can have 1, 2 places in a canoe and more called C1, C2 …
We can have canoes and kayaks open
- The first difference is the paddle, with a canoe we use a simple paddle, a stick with on one side a handle (called olive) and on the other a blade. The practitioner must alternate the side where he paddles by inverting his hands, we can find this practice in other sports which also need a simple paddle like the pirogue or the Stand Up Paddle. Conversely, in a kayak, the kayaker has a double paddle with a blade at both ends of the stick. He may have a higher paddle frequency.
- The second difference is the position. The practitioner is on his knees on the boat, this position gives him more height for a better reading of the river and better anticipation in the rapids of the river. However the kayaker is seated and has a foot clip to give him a better transmission of energy from his upper body to the boat.
- The origin of canoeing is Native American. Generally built from a wooden structure, it has a central role in people’s daily lives. Indeed it was used for hunting, fishing, war but also for moving. This boat was very easy to manipulate and light which also made it fragile. The term ”canoe ” comes from Spanish canoa, it itself comes from the Arawak Ka-no-a language, which means ”floats on water”.
- For is part, kayak is a heritage from Inuits who used wood or cetaceans bones to built the shape of the boat and covered it with seal skins. This heritage of the people of the Arctic is omnipresent, the current form of the kayak does not have any real evolution, just like the paddle. It is mainly the materials like polyethylene and composites which equip most of the current boats.The term kayak means in Inuit language “hunting boat“, it was used only for hunting and fishing.