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Cardiovascular Health & Kayaking: Can Paddling Improve Heart Health?

Every year there are over 11 million new cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Europe as a whole, with almost 49 million people suffering from the disease in total. The impact cardiovascular disease has on the EU economy is also staggering, with over 210 billion euros spent each year. In Ireland, CVD is affecting around 90,000 people and is responsible for over 20,000 hospital admissions per year. These are crazy numbers for such a small part of the world. Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer worldwide but, incredibly, an estimated 80% of CDV cases including heart disease and stroke, are completely preventable. The strain this disease brings to people’s lives, families, and the economy could be reduced significantly if...

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Think Kayaking is Just for the Summer? You May Be Wrong…

When you think of kayaking you may think of gloriously hot summer days out on the water soaking up the sunshine. Of course, days like that are fantastic but the colder and crisper months can sometimes be far more spectacular. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the best times of year to get out on the paddle. Hopefully, we can convince some of you to refrain from locking away your yak when the summer turns to autumn and the autumn turns to winter... What’s the Best Season for Kayaking? There is no real “best” season to go kayaking. If you love the sport and are passionate about the water nothing will stop you from getting out enjoying...

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What are the Different Types of Kayak Paddle?

You may think that a kayak paddle is a kayak paddle and there aren’t any key differences between brands. However, there are several types of kayak paddles that have distinct differences that affect performance, usage scenarios, and efficiency on the water. The different types of kayak paddle may seem confusing at first and with so many variants of each type making a choice can quickly become overwhelming. Although there are many different shapes and sizes when it comes to kayak paddles, the paddle shape itself is what affects performance mostly.  Once you know what the four main types of kayak paddles are, how they differ from each other, how they work in the water, and what type of paddling they...

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Kayak Camping: The Laws in Ireland, England, Scotland, & Wales

There’s nothing better than heading out alone or with your friends for a peaceful tour down a tranquil river over several days. There’s something about travelling on your own steam, camping, cooking, and continuing on the next day that’s extremely grounding. With no rush and one aim: to get from A to B, kayak camping is a fantastic way to relax, de-stress, and enjoy nature to the fullest. However, in some places pulling your kayak up the bank and setting up camp isn’t exactly legal. There’s nothing worse than being moved on in the middle of the night by an angry local. Therefore, it’s super important that you educate yourself on the laws of the matter. As well as this,...

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10 Must-Have Kayak Accessories for the Avid Kayaker

We all love kayaking and of course, as long as you have a kayak and a paddle you’re ready to hit the water. However, there are some must-have accessories that will keep you safe while you are kayaking. There are also some must-have accessories that will make your time on the water both easier and more enjoyable.   In this article, we will be looking at 10 must-have kayak accessories for the avid kayaker. If you love getting out in the water in your yak, then you’ll love this read! 1. Personal Floatation Device Of course, a personal floatation jacket whether life vest or buoyancy aid is an absolutely essential piece of equipment for you and your kayak. Before you...

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