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Whitewater Paddling

This page is your guide to the whitewater paddling resources found on this site.
  1. Rivers and Scouting Reports (17)
  2. Whitewater Kayaking Safety (5)

Learn to Whitewater Kayak
Getting into whitewater kayaking can be a daunting proposition. Here are the things to consider in order to learn to whitewater kayak.

All about Whitewater Kayaking
Learn all you can about whitewater kayaking so you can make the most out of this exciting and rewarding passion.

All about Kayak Playboating
This playboating guide explains all about playboating from beginner playboating manuevers to more advanced playboating tricks.

Whitewater Kayak Safety Rescues
Here are the whitewater kayaking safety rescue maneuvers that every whitewater kayaker should learn.

Be Sure to Bring These Safety Items Each Time You Whitewater Kayak
Here is a list of the kayaking safety gear that whitewater kayakers must have and know how to use.

Intermediate Whitewater Playboating Manuevers
Here are some of the intermediate whitewater kayaking manuevers that are learned by whitewater kayakers.

Basic Whitewater Kayaking Playboating Tricks
Here are the basic whitewater playboating tricks for kayakers to learn once they have the prerequisites for playboating down.

Whitewater Kayak Surfing
Here is the whitewater kayak surfing skill progression to lay the foundation for more advanced playboating manuevers.

How to Scout a Whitewater River
Scouting is a skill all whitewater paddlers need to learn. Check out this guide for whitewater kayakers, canoeists, and rafters alike on how to scout a whitewater river.

How to Research Whitewater River Scouting Reports
Get all the information you need to determine if you should paddle a river or not. Learn how to research whitewater rivers before you go out and paddle.

Playboating Basics
Whitewater kayak playboating is a genre of paddling all its own. Learn how to get start in all about playboating here.

Whitewater Kayaking Schools and Lessons Around the United States
Whitewater kayaking is one of those sports that absolutely necessitates that a person takes lessons and maybe even attend a whitewater kayaking school. Everything from getting into a whitewater kayak, to learning how to stay balanced in the boat, to actually paddling in a straight path requires lessons and much practice.

Maine Whitewater Paddling
Considering the quality of the rivers, Maine has arguably the east coast’s most desirable whitewater rafting economies. Read this article to learn more about Maine's whitewater kayaking and rafting.

Understanding the Whitewater Classification System
This article explains the Whitewater Classification System known as the International Scale of River Difficulty.

Where To Find The Best River Rafting Trips
Are you looking forward to your next river rafting adventure? Would you like to go somewhere new? This river rafting guide will help you to research where the best trip will be to meet your budget and distance requirements.

Know How to Swim and Self Rescue in Whitewater
At some point or other, everyone who spends any kind of time whitewater kayaking, canoeing, or rafting will end up out of their boat. It is a during these dangerous scenarios when one must be thoroughly prepared and know how to float, swim, and self-rescue while in whitewater rapids. This article will give you the basics on how to swim and self rescue in whitewater.

When to Stay With Your Boat While "Swimming" in Whitewater
There are times when whitewater paddling when you should stay with your boat if you flip over and there are other times when you should not. This article will help you to decide when you should stay with your equipment should you flip over and have to swim out of your canoe or kayak.

How to Decide to Abandon Your Boat When "Swimming" in Whitewater
Whitewater safety can be a tricky thing. While it is generally better to stay with your kayak, canoe, or raft while floating or swimming in whitewater, there are times when it can be dangerous. This article will help you discern when it is prudent to abandon your boat should you become separated from it in whitewater.

Basic Whitewater Kayaking River Features
Here is a list of the most common river features and hazards that whitewater kayakers, canoeists, and rafters must know.

Advanced Whitewater Kayaking River Feature Terminology
This is a list of those more advanced terms that are used to describe whitewater kayaking river features. A whitewater paddler’s knowledge of whitewater kayaking river features obviously should not stop at the basic terms. Within every features there are varying degrees and nuances that distinguish between even features of the same type.

Catching and Surfing a Whitewater Wave
Here is some guidance on how to catch a whitewater wave while kayaking.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center
The Ocoee Whitewater Center was the site of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games for the whitewater kayaking and canoe slalom events. Learn all about kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and the events hosted at this adventure hub in Tennessee.

How to Prepare for Rougher Whitewater Kayaking Conditions
Here are some tips to practicing for rough whitewater kayaking conditions.


Here are some intermediate whitewater maneuvers to practice to help improver you whitewater kayaking skills.

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.

The Most Common Health Risks When Whitewater Kayaking
Here are the top 5 Health Risks in Whitewater Kayaking: Drowning, Hypothermia, and Shoulder Injuries.

Unexpected Injuries When Whitewater Kayaking
How to avoid the overlooked health risks of ankle injuries and broken bones while whitewater kayaking.

A Whitewater Kayaker's Guide to Eddies, Eddy Lines, and Whirlpools
A whitewater kayaker's guide to surviving eddies, eddy lines, and whirlpool.

Risk Homeostasis in Whitewater Kayaking
All about whitewater kayaking risk homeostasis and managing the risks while paddling whitewater.

Beginner Tips for Not Flipping in Whitewater
Four tips for beginning kayakers so they don't flip over in whitewater.

All About the Risks in Whitewater Kayakaing
All about the risks inherent in whitewater kayaking

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