What happens when you use too long of a paddle for kayaking?
When using a paddle that’s too short or too long, you‘ll end up over exerting yourself and working harder than necessary to build up speed and keep the kayak on track. If the length isn’t right, your hands will tend to move along the shaft, resulting in the development of blisters.
How long should your kayak paddle be?
Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide
|Kayak Width||Under 23″||28″ to 32″|
|Paddler Height||Recommended Paddle Length|
|Under 5′||200 cm||220 cm|
|5′ to 5’6″||210 cm||230 cm|
|5’7″ to 6′||220 cm||230 cm|
Is it better to have a longer or shorter kayak paddle?
If you fall between two sizes, it’s generally better to go shorter. Either size would probably work, but you’ll save a few ounces with a shorter paddle. If you’re proportioned with a shorter torso, though, then the added reach will come in handy and you should go with the longer paddle.
Do kayak paddles float?
All kayak paddles float. … While kayak paddles float, they tend to “float” slower than your kayak will. As such, if you drop a kayak paddle into the water you’ll watch helplessly as you and your kayak drift away downstream.