Kayaking and canoeing differences?

A common question I hear is “what is the difference between kayaking and canoeing?”

The simplest answer is that a canoe has a one-bladed paddle, whereas a kayak has a paddle with a blade at each end.

Generally kayaks have closed cockpits, however Och Aye Canoe uses sit-on kayaks which are not. Canoes are generally open whereby paddlers kneel or sit on seats facing forwards.

Have a look at the photos below for examples of each.

This is a sit-on kayak:

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This is an open canoe:-

Loaded boats Duke of Edinburgh canoe expedition Loch Tay

This is a closed cockpit kayak:-

Kayaking Lochore
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