- Average SWIMMING speed: 1.7 knots / 2 mph / 3.2 km/h
- Average KAYAKING speed: 2 knots / 2.3 mph / 3.7 km/h
- Average PADDLEBOARDING speed: 3–4 knots / 3.5–4.6 mph / 5.6 – 7.4 km/h
- Average ROWBOAT speed: 3–4 knots / 3.5–4.6 mph / 5.6 – 7.4 km/h
- Maximum ROWBOAT speed: 12.1 knots / 14 mph / 22.55 km/h
- Maximum KAYAKING speed: 5.3 knots / 6.5 mph / 10.55 km/h
- Maximum PADDLEBOARDING speed: 8.1 knots knots / 9.34 mph / 15,45 kmh/h
- Maximum SWIMMING speed: 5.2 knots / 6mph / 9.6km/h
Average + Maximum ÷ 2 =
- Swimming: 3 mph
- Kayaking: 4,4 mph
- Paddleboarding: 6.6 mph
- 1-person Rowboat: 9mph
Why is paddleboarding the best way to travel long distance?
For long distance touring relative to average and top speed – PADDLEBOARDING is likely the most efficient way to move on water in terms of long-distance touring & overnight trips. There are also 15 types of paddleboards and almost all types have both inflatable and rigid versions. A premium-class inflatable SUP is almost identical in terms of performance and durability by being only 5% slower than the rigid board.
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