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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. Serious paddlers have this fact in mind whenever they make an automobile purchase. While canoe and kayak roof racks can be fitted to virtually any type of vehicle, some manufacturers make it easier than others.
Repairing Plastic Kayaks
Here are some guidelines on how to repair each type of plastic kayak and canoe damage that are typically occur over time.
The Top 10 Differences Between Rowing and...
To many people rowing and paddling are the same thing. To be sure, there is a bigger difference between rowing and paddling than semantics.
Learn What to Take on Your Next (or first)...
Make sure you don't forget anything on your next canoe camping trip. A properly planned trip often involves lots of research, conversation, and packing. An overnight canoe trip checklist can be the difference between being fully prepared or forgetting something that is important to your paddling trip.
10 Reasons Kayaks Are Better Than Canoes
Here is a fun list of 10 reasons that kayaks are better than canoes.
Strap 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.
What Muscles and Body Parts Do You Use While...
All muscle groups, joints, and body parts are utilized in one way or another while kayaking, dispelling the idea that kayaking mainly works the arms.
Types of Kayaks and Kayaking
Kayaking means different things to different people. To some it conjures up ideas of serenity, peace, and leaving cares aside. To others the word kayaking evokes imagery of adventure and excitement. It can be fast paced or laid back and everything in between. As varied as the paddlers themselves, kayaking is really a sport for all ages, abilities, and preferences. Here is a list and explanation of some of the different types of kayaking.
The Essential Kayak Equipment
This a list of the necessary kayak equipment a person should buy when getting started. Buying your first kayak equipment is a bitter-sweet moment. Here you will find an explanation of the essential kayak gear that a kayaker must have as well as other non-essential equipment one may want to consider purchasing.
Kayak Storage
Here's how to store plastic kayaks to do the least amount of damage to your boat. Usually, kayaks end up stacked or standing up in a garage or backyard, collecting dust and getting deformed in the process.
What to Watch Out for While Whitewater Rafting
Here are the top 5 dangers to watch out for when whitewater rafting. The point of this article is not to asses the level of danger involved in whitewater rafting, but rather to highlight the dangers.
Questions to Ask When Buying a Kayak
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a kayak. The type of kayaking a person will be doing, where they will be kayaking, how large they are, their experience level, and a person’s budget all factor into the kayak that this would be paddler should end up with. Here are the questions to ask when choosing a kayak.
What Should My Kayak Be Made of?
There are many factors to consider when choosing a kayak such as the material the kayak is made of. This article explains the difference between plastic kayaks and fiberglass kayaks.
10 Must-Have Safety Items for Kayaking and...
To Dress for water safety should be a top priority for paddlers of canoes and kayaks. Here is a list of the top 10 things paddlers should wear or have on board to ensure the safety of themselves and the people they are with.
Surf Kayaking Basics, Tips, and Steps
Ocean Kayak surfing is one of the best kept secrets in the paddling world. This how-to will help you on your way to ocean kayak surfing.
Plastic Weld a Kayak on a Budget
How to plastic weld your kayak without fancy equipment.
The Essential Canoe Equipment
This a list of the necessary canoe equipment and gear a person needs to buy when getting started.
How to Kayak
Kayaking is still one of the fastest growing of the water sports in the United States. While it's true that anyone can rent a kayak and begin to paddle, most people don't take a lesson to learn the essentials of kayaking. This how-to will tell you some of the beginning skills you'll need to understand before getting into and paddling a kayak.
Learn Your Canoe Strokes
This guide will explain the skill progression needed to learn how to canoe, including the forward stroke, canoe j-stroke, canoe draw stroke, and how to paddle a canoe in tandem.
Learn To Properly Hold a Kayak Paddle
This article describes how to hold a kayak paddle properly.
How to Buy the Right Kayak Paddle
This article explains the different attributes and design features that go into buying a kayak paddle.
An Explanation of the Sport of Paddling
This article explains the basic definition of paddling as well as the difference between kayaking and canoeing.
How to Sit in a Kayak
Most people wouldn't think there would need to be instructions on how to sit in a kayak. Of course, those who would think that have probably never gotten into one. The truth is, while properly sitting in a kayak isn't difficult it does require some guidance the first time in the boat.
SUP – Kayak Hybrids : What You Need to Know
Learn about SUP - Kayak Hybrids and how to determine if a paddle board that can be paddled like a kayak is for you.
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. Most people try to fit the kayak paddle in their vehicle, scratching the roof, doors, seats, and dashboard in the process. For some reason very few people consider strapping the paddle onto the roof rack along with their kayak. This method keeps the paddle out of the car and lessens the likelihood of damage to interior of your vehicle.
What Equipment Do I Need to Start Kayaking?
This a list of the necessary equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in kayaking.
How Perception Kayaks Changed the Kayaking...
How Perception Kayaks Changed the Kayaking Industry. Perception Kayaks boasts having introduced more people to paddling than any other kayak manufacturer. This may come as a surprise to those who are more recently familiar with the kayak industry as there are a lot of brands to choose from nowadays. That is however a relatively new phenomenon. In business for over 30 years, Perception Kayaks is the industry recognized pioneer of plastic roto-molded kayaks which makes their claim much more credible.
Get Into a Kayak
This article outlines the steps for how to get into a kayak safely.
Convert Your SUP into a Kayak
Learn how to convert your standup paddleboard into a SUP-kayak hybrid.
Wet-Exit Your Kayak While it is Upside Down
Being able to safely exit a kayak while it is upside down, also known as a wet-exit, is an extremely crucial skill to the survival of every kayaker. Successfully wet exiting your kayak can be the difference between life and death. This how to will give you the basi
When to Kayak instead of Standup Paddleboard
Here is a list of reasons of when you would want to kayak instead of standup paddleboard. Rather than looking to paddleboarding as replacing kayaking, it should be viewed as a complement to it. There are times when a paddleboard is preferable to a kayak. There are other situations when paddling a kayak is the right tool for the trade.
Different Kayak Strokes for Different Kayak Folks
A list of kayaking strokes that kayakers should learn and are the prerequisites to learning the more advanced kayaking strokes.
5 Things Not to Do When Storing Your Plastic...
Here’s a List of 5 “What Not to Dos” when it comes to Storing Your Kayak. While a long-term kayak storage strategy can take time to develop and setup, there are some things not to do when storing your kayak in the meantime.
Understanding the Whitewater Classification...
This article explains the Whitewater Classification System known as the International Scale of River Difficulty.
The Different Types of Canoes
Here is a list and description of different types of canoes to help you navigate the different options you have when choosing a canoe.
All About Surf Kayaking
Surf kayaking is a great crossover sport for those whitewater kayakers out there. Surf kayaking also offers some distinct advantages over traditional surfing. These article addresses the benefits of surf kayaking as it relates to whitewater kayaking and traditional surfing.
Plastic Kayaks
The importance of plastic to the paddling and specifically kayaking industry cannot be overstated. While there have been many innovations in kayak design over the years, there has been perhaps no greater advancement in the paddling industry than the introduction of plastic rotational molded kayaks. Kayaking would not be what it is today without plastic. Plastic kayaks has forever changed the sport of kayaking
Canoe J-Stroke
This how-to explains the steps involved in the canoeing manuever known as the j-stroke. The canoe J-Stroke is probably the most important canoe stroke to learn. Every person who has ever sat in a canoe knows how difficult it is to keep it going straight. With every stroke of the paddle, the canoe wants to turn to the opposite side. The canoe j-stroke is the remedy to this problem and actually allows the canoeist to correct the direction of the canoe while paddling forward.
Getting Started in the Sport of Paddling
When getting started in the sport of paddling, the first question you'll need to consider is why you want to get into paddling.
The Top 5 Canoe & Kayak Tips
The Top 5 Canoe & Kayak Tips for Maximum Enjoyment
Kayaking and Canoeing in Yosemite National Park
All about Kayaking and Canoeing the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. But the truth is for paddlers, the canoeing and kayaking in Yosemite National Park is probably the best way to see the most famous sights in the park.
How Young is too Young to Canoe with your...
Here are some guidelines to help you bring your toddlers along while canoeing and to begin to train them into little paddlers. Canoe - How Young is too Young to Canoe with your Toddler
Roll a Kayak: Skill Progression
Being able to roll a kayak is an absolute must for all whitewater kayakers. This kayak roll skill progression will help guide you through these skills.
Olympic Rowing Rules and Scoring
Olympic Rowing can be a complicated sport to understand. Learn all about how to decipher this terminology and how the events are run.
Know How to Identify Basic Whitewater Kayaking...
Here is a list of the most common river features and hazards that whitewater kayakers, canoeists, and rafters must know.
What is the Paddler's Box?
The paddler’s box is one of the most crucial kayak paddling techniques to maintain, yet it is also the most frequently violated. When ignored, the paddler will be placing their shoulders at risk of injury as well as creating undue fatigue on the arm muscles. When maintained, the paddler's box makes paddling a joy for the kayaker.
Learn the Canoe Forward Stroke
This article explains how to do the most basic canoe stroke known as the canoe forward stroke.
Do the Canoe Draw Stroke
This how-to explains the steps involved in the canoeing manuever known as the draw stroke. The canoe draw stroke, along with the j-stroke, is one of the most important canoe strokes to learn yet most recreational canoeists don't even know it exists. Learning the canoe draw stroke can eliminate the need to switch sides every few strokes as it will help to keep the canoe moving in a straight direction.
How to Plan an Overnight Canoe or Kayak...
There are many factors to consider in the planning of an overnight canoe or kayak trip. Canoe camping is one of the greatest The beginning canoeist and expert alike must consider these 10 things before setting out on an overnight paddling excursion.
What to Pack on Your Next Whitewater Rafting Trip
If you’ve never been whitewater rafting, it may be a bit perplexing what you should bring on the trip with you. Even if you are a whitewater rafting veteran, it is still easy to forget what to pack for the river. This whitewater and river rafting checklist will help guide you through your trip preparation. Of course, check with your outfitter for more specific details on what you should bring as this rafting checklist contain mere suggestions for your whitewater or river rafting trip.
Learn All About Kayaking - the Resources You'll...
This guide will help you and your friends learn all about kayaking and to get started.
How to Steer a Kayak Using a Kayak Rudder
While rudders aid in turning the boat, that is not their main function. Here are some tips on when and how to use the a kayak rudder.
The Pelican Strike 120X Angler Kayak:...
Here is my review of their premium sit-on-top fishing model, the Pelican Strike 120X Angler sit-on-top fishing kayak.
Determine if You Can Plastic Weld Your Kayak
Here's a guide to help you determine if you will be able to plastic weld your own kayak repair.
Overnight Paddling Trip Gear Checklist
Here is a list of all the items that could be taken on a camping and canoeing trip. The items in this checklist are separated into camping, clothing, canoe or kayak, food, and recreational items. Page 2.
How to Throw a Rope Bag In Whitewater to Rescue...
One of the most important pieces of whitewater rescue equipment to aid swimming kayakers, canoeists, and rafters is a throw bag. A throw bag enables the user to toss the rope to a person who is out of their boat and requires rescue from the river. Throw bags are tossed into fast-moving water and even rapids enabling the swimmer to grab the rope and get pulled to safety. These steps will instruct would be rescuers in the art of using a throw bag in whitewater and swift water rescue scenarios.
Top 5 Online SUP Paddleboarding Deals
Here is a list of the top 5 online SUP standup paddleboarding Package deals.
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. Both enjoy a level of camaraderie that comes from doing a common activity. Both feel that they are doing it better than the other. On average, these represent the assumptions of canoes over kayaks. To add to the fray, here is a list of the benefits of paddling a canoe over a kayak.
Paddling for exercise
Paddling is great exercise. It helps to build cardiovascular, aerobic, and upper body conditioning effects. Learn all about these benefits here.
Eddy
: a river feature that forms just downstream of an obstruction. An eddy can form on the side of a river
What is Standup Paddleboarding?
Standup paddling is quickly becoming the water sport of choice and while SUP might not be the most popular (yet) it certainly is the fastest growing.
Setting Up a Paddling Shuttle with Only One Car
This article outlines the options for paddlers who are seeking to setup a paddling shuttle with only one vehicle.
Paddleboards: Plastic or Fiberglass
Here is a review of some of the factors that will play into the decision on whether to buy a plastic paddleboard or the traditional fiberglass paddleboards.
How to do the Kayak Forward Sweep Stroke
Here are the steps on how to execute a kayaking forward sweep stroke on the right side of your kayak.
Don't Make these Beginning Canoeist Mistakes
Don't make these beginning canoeing mistakes. Learn what the most common canoeing mistakes are and how to avoid them.
Learn to Eskimo Roll Your Kayak
Every kayaker should learn how to flip their kayaks back over if they end up upside down, otherwise known as the Eskimo Roll. Here are the steps to one method of doing what is known as the Eskimo Roll.
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.
What to Expect on a Whitewater River Rafting Trip
Whitewater river rafting is one of those adventure activities that conjures up all kinds of ideas in people's heads. Most people have their own ideas or impressions about what a whitewater river rafting trip entails. Here are some points you may not have considered in preparation for your next (or first) whitewater river rafting trip.
A Guide to When Paddleboarding is More Fun than...
Here are the main reasons and situations when you’ll want to SUP instead of kayak. Standup paddleboarding has taken the outdoor world by storm. Almost anywhere you find water you’ll see people seemingly walking on it via their SUPs. As this watersport gains in popularity it leaves many wondering whether they should pick up kayaking or paddleboarding. Many kayakers are thinking of making the switch themselves or at least looking to try it out.
West Lake Park: Kayaking and Canoeing in...
Kayaking in Hollywood Florida couldn’t be easier. There is a hidden goldmine of kayaking known as West Lake Park that has easy boat launch access at multiple sites, paddling trails, access to West Lake, and a trail to the Intracoastal Waterway.
What You'll Need to Plastic Weld Your Kayak
The supplies you'll need to plastic weld your kayak on a budget
The Anatomy of a Paddle Stroke
The anatomy of every paddle stroke consists of three phases, the catch phase, the power phase, and the recovery phase. Learn all about it here.
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 that decision.
The United States Coast Guard PFD Specifications
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has developed their specifications and criteria for approved personal flotation devices or PFDs as they are known.
How to Avoid Drowning in Whitewater
Steps for whitewater kayakers to take to avoid drowning.
Kayak Backwards! Learn the Kayaking Backstroke
Kayak Backwards – Learn the Kayaking Back Stroke There are times while kayaking when the paddler will need to paddle backwards. Of course the kayaker could turn the kayak around or do a spin maneuver, but the kayaking backstroke when executed properly is much more efficient. Here are the steps to performing the kayaking back stroke.
Tips for Paddleboarding with a Child on the Board
Here’s some tips on how to take your young child on the paddleboard with you, at least some of the time.
The Anatomy of a Canoe Paddle
Here are some facts about each part of the anatomy of a canoe paddle.
Here's How to Learn to Solo Canoe
Here's how to learn the strokes needed and other tips in order to solo canoe.
Whitewater Kayak Brands
Here are the most popular whitewater kayak brands to choose from. With the advent of plastic mass-produced boats now on the scene, many whitewater kayak brands also sprang up. The difference between the brands of kayaks is mainly one of preference. Dagger Kayaks, Wave Sport Kayaks, Jackson Kayaks, Prijon Kayaks, Riot Kayaks, Pyranha Kayaks
Putting Together a Dry Bag to Bring on Your...
The article explains why and how to put together a dry bag to bring on your kayaking trips.
How to Hip Snap Your Kayak
The hip-snap is the driving force behind being able to flip a kayak back over once it is upside down. This article teaches a person how to practice the hip snap in a kayak.
What is Olympic Rowing?
What is Olympic Rowing? There are many different facets to Olympic Rowing. Learn all about them and find other great resources through this article.
Whitewater Kayak Safety Gear to Wear Every Time
Here is a list of the whitewater kayak safety gear that whitewater kayakers must have and know how to use.
An Illustrated History of Rowing
Rowing has been around from the beginning of human civilizations. This articles features an illustrated history of this most ancient of acitivities known as rowing.
Kayak Repair Supplies
The following kayak and canoe gear repair and maintenance items will help increase the life of your canoeing and kayaking gear. Most of these items can be bought at hardware stores, NRSweb.com, or by doing an internet search for the bolded title.
To Buy a Solo or Tandem Kayak
This is a guide on whether to buy a tandem kayak or a solo kayak.
Canoe and Kayak Gear Storage
Nothing is worse than getting out on the water and finding out that some item you’re wearing is ripped or broken. Also, canoe and kayak gear isn’t cheap. It is for these reasons that we should take every step we can to make sure that we can get as much life out of our gloves, booties, paddling jackets, pfds, and whatever we paddle with as we can. Here is a list of 5 things you can do while packing up your stuff to help extend the life of your gear.
Definition of Open Water
Definition of Open Water: Water that is unprotected, well exposed, and influenced by a variety of often dangerous environmental conditions.
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.
Oh Wait! That Paddleboard is a Kayak
All about how Paddleboards double as sit-on-top kayaks.As paddleboarding is derived from both surfing and paddling, it can technically be considered a hybrid of both sports. There is a surf board and you extend a canoe paddle. When you put the two together you have paddle surfing or what is now known as SUP (standup paddleboarding). But, even as the sport of SUP is itself a hybrid of two sports, there is also a growing segment of the market that is actually seeking a way to further integrate the concepts kayaking and paddleboarding. This is the reason for the advent of paddleboards that also double as sit-on-top kayaks.
Know How to Float, Swim, and Self Rescue in...
Know what to do when You fall out of your kayak, canoe or raft. 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. Remember the overall goal is to get yourself and your gear if possible safely to shore.
An Illustrated History of Canoe/Kayak
Canoes and kayaks have been around from the beginning of human civilizations. This articles features an illustrated history of the sports that use canoes and kayaks. Presenting a history of canoe / kayak.
Advanced Whitewater Kayaking River Feature...
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.
How to Put on and Attach a Spray Skirt to a Kayak
Here is a guide on how to put on a neoprene spray skirt and how to attach it to the cockpit of a kayak. Spray skirts are the answer to the question that non-kayakers ask about how kayaks can flip over and not fill with water.
How to do the Kayak Draw Stroke
The Kayak Draw stroke is the technique that will move the kayak sideways. Here's how to maneuver sideways using this kayaking stroke.
Dagger Kayaks, Then and Now
Dagger kayaks first came on the whitewater scene when the sport was about to explode. Learn about Dagger Kayaks and their latest models here.
How to Store Your Composite Kayak
Here are some tips on how to store your composite kayak and protect your fiberglass, Kevlar, and Carbon Fiber boat.
Basic Whitewater Kayaking Playboating Tricks
Here are the basic playboating tricks for kayakers to learn once they have the prerequisites down - surf waves, stern squirt, and the ender.
Parts of a Standup Paddleboard (SUP)
Here is the different lingo referring to the parts of a standup paddleboard and their overall function as they relate to the design of the board. While some of the terminology and components are the same as a surfboard there are a few extra components on a standup paddleboard that every SUP paddler should know.
Canoe Paddle Sizing Guide
Here are four different ways to size a canoe paddle depending on where you are when you do it.
Guide to Choosing a SUP Paddle
Choosing the right SUP paddle is the most important decision you will make after you decide what type of standup paddleboard to buy.
Everything You Need to Know about Setting Up a...
This article lays out the best way how to setup a kayak shuttle given the different factors that might be involved.
All about Whitewater Kayaking
Everything you need to know about whitewater kayaking. Whitewater kayaking is one of the most exhilarating water sports out there! Seemingly chaotic, paddling in whitewater is actually elegant and can be very controlled as paddlers become more experienced. Learn all you can about whitewater kayaking so you can make the most out of this exciting and rewarding passion.
How to Raft in Yosemite National Park
Rafting in Yosemite National Park is a great way to see the Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. Learn all about how to raft in Yosemite on the Merced River here.
Here's how to tell if your kayak hatch is...
Instructions on how to test if a kayak hatch is water-tight. The Pelican Strike 120X Angler Sit-on-top kayak was used for the water leakage test.
Dry Suits, Dry Tops, Wet Suits, and Paddle...
When the paddling gets cold kayakers, canoeists, and rafters must decided when to wear a dry suit, wet suit, dry top, or paddle jacket. Some of the nicest paddling is done in warm weather and cool water. Unfortunately, as kayakers, canoeists, and rafters all know, paddling, especially whitewater paddling and sea kayaking, rarely occurs in those conditions. It’s a fact that the best whitewater paddling happens when the conditions are the exact opposite.
Here's a guide to everything canoeing
Here is a beginners guide to help new canoeists learn all about canoeing.
The Lifetime Wave Youth Kayak Review
The Lifetime Wave Youth Kayak is the answer for kids who are ready to paddle on their own. Here is a review of the Wave kayak.
How to Get Into a Scull in the Sport of Rowing
This article describes how to get into a scull, a narrow boat used in the sport of sculling which is in the rowing genre of sports.
Learn about the different paddle sports
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.
iSUP Gear Review: the Ten Toes Paddle, Fins,...
This is a review and tips for the Ten Toes paddle, fins, and pump that comes standard with Ten Toes iSUP boards.
Stretching Tips and Stretches for Kayakers
Here are some stretches for kayakers and stretching tips for kayaking to help you keep your body flexible for kayaking.
Health and Fitness Factors in Kayaking
Kayaking is great for your health. Here are some of the basics of kayaking fitness and health to consider.
The Sport of Rowing: How to Scull
This article outlines the basics on how to scull. Sculling is a part of the genre of sports of rowing.
Getting Started in Standup Paddle Boarding
Standup paddleboarding, SUP for short, is taking the sporting world by storm and is quickly becomming the fastest growing watersport in the U.S. An activity that draws broad appeal from among people who love watersports, fitness sports, and adventure activities, paddleboarding can be enjoyed by people of every demographic, age, and fitness level.
Sea Kayaking Safety Rescues
Kayakers almost never learn the different safety rescues. Not knowing these sea kayak safety rescues can definitely have dire consequences. Here is a skill progression of the different kayak safety rescues sea kayakers should learn.
Canoe and Kayak Gear Inspection Checklist
Here’s an inspection checklist for those canoeing and kayaking gear items that you absolutely must have to paddle. Kayak and canoe gear sure takes a lot of abuse. Add to that the fact that paddlers rarely replace their favorite articles of equipment until they absolutely must, and gear can literally be falling apart before we even realize they are far past their useful life.
5 Tips For Getting Ready for the Paddling Season
Most paddlers don’t properly store their canoeing and kayaking gear for the winter. This is usually just an oversight as a result of not knowing that the last paddling trip of the year was indeed the last trip. Then after months of getting buried and kicked around basements and garages we get frustrated when our canoe or kayak gear is lost or ,worse yet, damaged.
5 Tips on Wearing a PFD While Kayaking or...
One of the most important things paddlers of canoes and kayaks can do is wear their PFDs. PFD stands for personal flotation device. It is a life jacket. While it may be “cool” to not wear a PFD, it can also be deadly. Here are five tips on wearing a PFD while kayaking or canoeing to ensure you are making the most of your PFD usage.
Playboating Basics
All About the Basics of Playboating. Playboating, as it is called is its own genre of paddling. Half of the fun of whitewater kayaking is horsing around in the waves, holes, eddy lines, and rapids. It’s called playing, because like children on a playground, whitewater kayakers will keep getting in line to surf the same wave, practice the same maneuvers over and over, and do silly things to make their friends laugh.
How to Carry a Whitewater Kayak
Instructions on how to carry a kayak.
South Carolina Kayaking and Canoeing
Here is a guide to discovering some of those kayaking (and canoeing) options in and around the state of South Carolina.
Paddling and Whitewater Festival Calendar
This document contains a calendar of paddling and whitewater festivals around the United States. Start filling up your weekend schedule from now.
Can I install a kayak hatch?
Here's a guide to tell if you can install a hatch on your sit-on-top kayak.
How to Choose the Best Canoe for You When...
Here are some considerations to help you choose your first canoe.
Catching and Surfing a Whitewater Wave
How to catch and surf a whitewater wave by kayak. For new paddlers, it is the catching of the wave that poses the first problem and main obstacle to surfing the wave. Catching a whitewater wave is a combination of knowing where and how to enter it and paddling into it with the required amount of force. Here is some guidance on how to catch a whitewater wave while kayaking.
Paddle Float Tutorial - How to Self Rescue...
The following image gallery will give a step-by-step look at how to properly use a paddle float to get back into and bilge out a flipped kayak.
Kayaking Big Shoals Class III Suwanee River in...
The Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida has a rapid known as Big Shoals that turns into a Class III rapid when the water is just right. Learn all about kayaking Florida's only class iii whitewater rapid here.
The Anatomy of a Kayak Helmet
One of the most important articles of kayak gear a whitewater kayaker will buy is a whitewater kayaking helmet. While most kayak helmets are purchased based on price or on style, very few are bought due to their features. The first step in knowing what to look for in a kayak helmet is knowing the parts that make them up.
Protected Water
: water that is not subject to waves, currents, or other dangerous environmental features. "Protected
Whitewater Surfing in a Kayak
Here is the whitewater surfing in a kayak skill progression to lay the foundation for more advanced playboating manuevers.
Kayaking Hat Review: The Tilley T7MO Organic...
Here is a kayak hat review of the Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh for paddling, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding.
Tips on How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak
Tips on how to paddle a tandem canoe with two people.
How to Teach a Friend the Kayak Roll
This page describes the prerequisites to teach someone the kayak roll.
Paddling Efficiency
Learn the three components in proper paddling technique for canoes and kayaks. They are boat efficiency, paddle efficiency,and body efficiency.
Definition of Type IV PFD
Type IV PFD refers to the 4th level of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) classfication for personal flotation devices. Type IV PFDs are carried on boats as a device that can be thrown to a drowning person. These are either the circular rings found on commercial boats or around swimming pools. On recreational motor boats, these take the form of seat cushion style devices. They are not meant to be worn.
Parts of a SUP Paddle
Before one can talk about a SUP paddle, a basic understanding of the parts of a SUP paddle is essential. Here is a basic list and description of each of these components, features, and parts of a SUP paddle.
Canoe Paddle Materials
Here are some things to consider with regard to a canoe paddle’s performance as it relates to materials. Canoe paddles are a crucial yet overlooked item of canoeing gear. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much to them. There’s a grip, a shaft, and a blade. Canoe paddles are made of aluminum and plastic, wood, or composites.
Strainers and Undercut Rocks in Whitewater
All about the dangers whitewater kayakers face in strainers and undercut rocks.
Twin Sheet Thermoforming for Kayaks
An explanation of twin sheet thermoforming for kayak manufacturing. All about the benefits and process for kayaking.
How to Use a Paddle Float
Even though paddling in groups is one of the rules of kayaking, it is important for a kayaker to be able to self-rescue in their kayak. The Paddle Float is a piece of gear that was designed for the very purpose of aiding a kayaker back into their kayak unassisted. This how-to will guide you in the proper use of self rescueing in a kayak while using a paddle float. Paddle Float - How to Self Rescue in a Kayak Using a Paddle Float
How to Increase the Resale Value of your Used...
Here are steps you can take to increase the resale value of your used kayak.
Paddling, Camping, and Fossil Hunting on the...
The Peace River has many trips to offer canoeists and kayakers and is a draw for paddlers looking to do multi-day camping and canoeing trips as well as for fossil hunters looking to score some prehistoric shark teeth. Here is some information about canoeing and kayaking the various stretches of the Peace River.
How to Use a Kayak Bilge Pump
This how to will explain the how to use and store a bilge pump in your kayak or canoe.
How to Put on a Dry Suit
One of the biggest downsides to wearing a drysuit, however, is putting it on and taking it off. Those darn pesky gaskets! This guide will help kayakers, canoeists, and rafters to avoid frustration by teaching you to more effectively put on a dry suit.
What's a Class V River
All about kayaking Class V rivers. Learn about the hazards and prerequisites of kayaking Class 5 whitewater.
When to Use a Kayak Rudder
This article explores when a kayak rudder should be used and what the common pitfalls are for beginners who first get a kayak rudder.
Kayaking in Florida
Florida was built for kayaking! Learn all about the coastal, inland, islands, rivers, canals, and springs paddling here.

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