What does this sentence mean to you?
“You could get a bag of chips and go for a paddle in the lake”
If you are British then it’s eating a hot snack of potatoes that have been chopped into fat sticks and deep fried, probably eaten with salt and vinegar. The paddling bit is walking in the shallow part of the lake or sea.
If you are Canadian it’s eating a cold snack of potatoes that have been sliced thinly, deep fried and sold in bags. You can get a salt and vinegar variety, there are many chemical flavours. The paddling bit is in a canoe.
Seems there’s no word for walking in the shallow water. Wading has been suggested but to me that’s deep water.