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101 Paddling

Paddling is a very diverse genre of outdoor activity. Whether you are interested in learning to brave the rapids or a relaxing paddle through some nature trails is more your speed, this section will give you the basics you will need to get started.
  1. Paddling Definitions (102)

Types of Paddling
Paddling refers to the group of watersports that require a paddle to propel and steer a vessel through and across the water. Canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUP), and rafts collectively make up the sport known as paddling.

All About Kayaking
This guide will help you and your friends who are interested in learning all about kayaking to get started.

Learn to Kayak - How to Kayak
Learn to Kayak - How to Kayak

All About Canoeing
Here is a beginners guide to help new canoeists learn all about canoeing.

When to Kayak instead of Standup Paddleboard
Here is a list of reasons of when you would want to kayak instead of standup paddleboard.

A Guide to When Paddleboarding is More Fun than Kayaking
Here are the main reasons and situations when you’ll want to SUP instead of kayak.

All About Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking is one of the purest forms of the sport, involving all aspects of kayaking technique, balance, gear, danger, safety, navigation, and maneuvers. Here are the different topics to learn about to get into sea kayaking.

Types of Kayaks and Kayaking
Kayaking means different things to different people. Here is a list and explanation of some of the different types of kayaking.

Top 10 Reasons Canoes are Better Than Kayaks
While the relationship between canoeists and kayakers is generally copasetic, there is an unspoken superiority that each group usually feels over the other. To add to the fray, here is a list of the benefits of paddling a canoe over a kayak.

Should I rent a Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard?
Here are some of the pros and cons of canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding to help you make the decision of what type of paddle vessel to rent.

Top 10 Reasons Kayaks are Better Than Canoes
While the relationship between canoeists and kayakers is generally copasetic, there is an unspoken superiority that each group usually feels over the other. To add to the fray, here is a list of the benefits of paddling a kayak over a canoe.

An Explanation of the Sport of Paddling
This article explains the basic definition of paddling as well as the difference between kayaking and canoeing.

Getting Started in the Sport of Paddling
There are many factors to consider when deciding to paddle. Some of these factors are why you want to paddle, where you will paddle, who you will paddle with, and what type of canoe or kayak you want to paddle. This article explores these questions and guides the reader as to which type of paddling they should begin doing.

The Top 5 Canoe & Kayak Tips for Maximum Enjoyment!
This article contains ideas to improve and enjoy paddling a canoe or a kayak that might not readily occur to a new paddler.

Holiday Gifts for Paddlers - Gifts for Paddlers of Kayaks and Canoes
If there's a paddler in your life, you're probably wondering what to get him or her for the holidays. While its true that there is nothing that paddlers enjoy more than getting new gear, it is also a fact that kayaking and canoeing equipment are very difficult to buy for another person. The preferences, sizes, and genres of gear are as...

5 Goals for Every Paddler
Goal setting is the number one way to achieve what you want most. Here is a list of goals that every paddler should have at all times regardless of their paddling level or number of years on the water.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle Canoes and Kayaks. Reason one is to paddle for exercise. Paddling offers great aerobic exercise as well as upper body conditioning.

Learn To Canoe / Kayak
Learn To Canoe / Kayak Lessons and Tutorials

All About Surf Kayaking
Surf kayaking is a great crossover sport for those whitewater kayakers out there. This article addresses the benefits of surf kayaking as it relates to whitewater kayaking and traditional surfing.

What is Olympic Canoe / Kayak?
At first thought, it may seem that there is little to know and understand about the sports of Olympic Canoe / Kayak. Nothing could be further from the truth. Begin to understand the intricacies of the Canoe / Kayak events and how they are executed in the Olympic Games.

Everything You Could Possible Want to Know About Olympic Canoe / Kayak
This article is your guide to all of the facts, figures, and interesting tidbits regarding the Olympic Canoe/Kayak events.

Canoe and Kayak Launch Etiquette
Without canoe and kayak launch sites much of the waters that are paddled would otherwise be inaccessible. Here are five things to watch out for in and around paddling launch sites.

Secure Two Kayaks to a Roof Rack
Trying to strap two kayaks to a factory installed or aftermarket roof rack without roof rack attachments can be a challenge. Most roof racks will easily support and carry two kayaks at a time if they are placed on the roof rack using the proper method. This article will explain the steps for safely and securely strapping two kayaks to a roof rack. Some steps require further explanation.

Paddling is a Great Alternative to Team Sports
Team sports aren't for every child, but there is a solution. Paddling, among other sports, offers a great outlet and confidence builder for the tweens out there that are just not cut out for team sports.

Strap a Kayak and Paddle to a Roof Rack
While attempting to strap a kayak to a roof rack can present its own problems, figuring out what to do with a kayak paddle poses its own set of obstacles. This method keeps the paddle out of the car and lessens the likelihood of damage to the interior of your vehicle.

Canoeing and Kayaking Printable Worksheets
Learn paddling vocabulary and basics from these worksheets compliments of the About.com Homeschooling Guide.

How to Strap Your Canoe or Kayak to a Roof Rack
Anyone who paddles a kayak or canoe must have a way to transport them to and from the water. This article describes the procedure for strapping a canoe or kayak to a roof rack.

Choosing Kayaks, Canoes, SUP Paddleboards, and Paddles
This article will help you figure out out to choose a kayak, canoe, or SUP paddleboard.

Canoe & Kayak Beginner's Guide
This PDF beginner's guide is great reading for all new canoeists and kayakers. You can even print it out and read it by your favorite body of water.

How Young is too Young to Canoe with your Toddler?
Here are some guidelines to help you bring your toddlers along while canoeing and to begin to train them into little paddlers.

Helping Kids Learn How to Canoe
Its never too young to teach your kid to canoe. Steps to take to teach your child to canoe.

Begin Kayaking at the Age of 50
Who says age matters? This senior shows why 50 is considered the new 40. He gives great advice here to the older generation who are looking to get into kayaking.

Tips to Taking Your Kayaking to the Next Level
Learn how to practice sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking in real life open water and whitewater situations.

Recreational Kayak and SUP Options
Here is a guide and some options to investigate for the occasional paddler looking to buy a recreational kayak or SUP.

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