rowing kayaking

Fastest human-powered speed on water

  • Average SWIMMING speed1.7 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

 

NOTES

Average + Maximum ÷ 2 =

  • Swimming: 3 mph
  • Kayaking: 4,4 mph
  • Paddleboarding: 6.6 mph
  • 1-person Rowboat: 9mph

CONCLUSIONS

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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Ermo J

I created Nulltuul to share my experience, knowledge, and analysis with other surf enthusiasts out there. If I'm not surfing on my travels, I like to photograph waves, surfers, and the surf lifestyle in general.

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