Kayaks were first used by the Inuit and Aleut natives of the arctic north from Alaska to Greenland and have been in use for at least two thousand years. They were first built from driftwood and animal skins. Each Kayak was custom built to the size of the person who would be using it, and was used to cross the frigid arctic waters on hunting missions for seals and other game, or for fishing, or just transportation. The natives used seal bladders that were inflated like balloons inside the ends of the kayak, which made the kayak almost unsinkable.
Like a canoe, a kayak is a small, narrow watercraft. A kayak looks similar to a canoe but has a number of significant differences. First, a kayak is only a one or two-person craft with a berth for one or each person to sit with his legs extended in front. A kayak has a closed deck, and employs a waterproof skirt as a seal around the waist of the kayaker to prevent water from entering the craft. A kayaker uses one paddle with a blade on each end. Like canoeing, kayaking is a great way to get out and enjoy scenic nature spots, or just to enjoy being out on the water. It is also great exercise.
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