After yesterday's controversy in our 11.00 meeting, related to the difference between a kayak and a canoe (it was because of this story) we received this email from Sam - a kayak and canoe coach.
"I'm emailing to enlighten you about the difference between kayaks and canoes.
Canoes are knelt in and paddled with a single bladed paddle. Traditionally paddled by American Indians and Ray Mears. Kayaks are sat in and paddled with a double bladed paddle. Traditionally paddled by Inuits. It's nothing to do with being 'enclosed'. It is possible to paddle a closed cockpit canoe which looks like a kayak but is knelt in and paddled using a single bladed paddle.