How to Tie a Bowline Knot

The bowline knot is one of the most versatile and useful kayaking knots you can use. The knot itself is relatively simple to tie and does not get stuck when trying to untie it. It can be used to loop around objects to anchor your kayak.

If you were to know only one kayaking knot, the bowline knot would be our choice.

Step 1: Grab the rope where there is about 2-3ft of rope still hanging. At that point form a single loop.

Step 2: While holding the loop in one hand use your other hand to grab the end of the rope and feed it through the bottom of the first loop.

Step 3: Once through the loop wrap the end of the road around the backside of the top of the knot. Then feed the rope back down through the first loop.

Step 4: Pull the end of the rope tight and you are ready to go!