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Cheaper kayak paddles have an aluminium shaft while more expensive ones use a lighter [[fibreglass]] or [[carbon fibre]] shaft. Some paddles have a smaller diameter shaft for people with smaller hands. Paddle length varies with a longer paddle being better suited for stronger people, taller people, and people using the paddle in a wider kayak. Some paddle makers have an online paddle size calculator. Blades vary in size and shape. A blade with a larger surface area may be desirable for a strong person with good shoulder joints, but tiring for a weaker person or a person with less than perfect shoulder joints. Some paddle makers offer blades in three sizes.<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=Paddle {{!}} Canoe and Kayak Paddles||access-date=2016-11-08}}</ref>
[[File:Paddel Duvensee Vitrine.jpg|thumb|right|AThe [[Duvensee paddle|Duvensee wooden paddle]] from [[Mesolithic|around 6.200 B.C.]]]]
Because normal paddling involves alternately dipping and raising the paddle blades, the colour of the blades may affect the visibility of the kayaker to powerboats operators under limited visibility conditions. For this reason white or yellow blades may offer a safety advantage over black or blue blades. Of course, kayakers should wear a headlamp or have other lighting on their kayak under conditions of limited lighting. However, if a powerboat operator must look straight into a sun low in the sky to see a kayaker, the motion of brightly coloured paddle blades may be of more value than lighting on the kayak. Highly reflective water resistant tape (e.g. [[International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea|SOLAS]] tape) may be affixed to the paddle blades and boat to enhance visibility.