Activities Involving Kayaks

Activities Involving Kayaks Touring Touring, or expedition kayaking, involves taking extended journeys in a kayak, often around coastlines or down the length of a river. Kayak touring is a fantastic way to experience beautiful scenery that is usually hidden from view. Fishing With the use of a specialised fishing kayak, combining fishing with kayaking is … Read moreActivities Involving Kayaks

A Brief History Of Kayaking

As mentioned earlier, the kayak was originally invented by the Inuit and Aleut tribes of Arctic North America over 5,000 years ago for use in hunting. The Greenlandic word qajaq actually translates to “hunter’s boat.” Early kayaks were made from whatever materials were available for construction, including whalebone, driftwood, seal skins, and animal hides. They … Read moreA Brief History Of Kayaking

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is easily treatable but can be very dangerous. If you are ever going to be out in the wilderness overnight, especially if you are going to be around the water, you should make sure that you have a good understanding of what hypothermia is. It has been said that hypothermia is always treatable – … Read moreHypothermia

Red Tides are Sweeping the Southern Coast, and Northern Lakes are ravaged by Algal Blooms. How Does this Affect Kayakers?

From southern Florida to the Great Lakes, from the long, thin Finger Lakes to the rugged Utah landscape, there’s something dangerous lurking in the water. It’s not piranhas, sharks, or alligators, but rather something far more insidious. Harmful algal blooms (HABs)—different in origin but similar in risk—are wrecking paddle sports, ruining summer vacations, and spoiling fishing season. For … Read moreRed Tides are Sweeping the Southern Coast, and Northern Lakes are ravaged by Algal Blooms. How Does this Affect Kayakers?

How to Get Back in a Kayak After It’s Flipped Over

Kayaking is an amazing sport. It’s full of opportunities to experience the beauty of nature on a placid lake or even in the thrills of whitewater running on a fast-flowing river. There are, however, two essential facts of kayaking that can’t be escaped: your kayak is on water, and eventually it will flip over and … Read moreHow to Get Back in a Kayak After It’s Flipped Over

What Should You Do If Approaching a Low-Head Dam in a Kayak?

Low-head dams are often referred to as “drowning machines”, a nickname they have very much earned. Easily the most dangerous type of dam, the low-head is a significant hazard to nearly any water-going craft, but is especially perilous to kayakers. Between 1960 and 2016, there were 377 fatal accidents on low-head dams in the US, … Read moreWhat Should You Do If Approaching a Low-Head Dam in a Kayak?

Is Kayaking Dangerous? – A Guide to the Dangers of Kayaking and How to Avoid Them

People have a lot of misconceptions about kayaking when it comes to issues of safety. Some people put no thought into the risks involved in paddlesports, while others freak out about perceived dangers that aren’t real threats. Is kayaking dangerous? To answer that, there are a lot of things we need to consider. But first, … Read moreIs Kayaking Dangerous? – A Guide to the Dangers of Kayaking and How to Avoid Them

Guide To The Classification Of Rapids

Whitewater kayaking is one of the most exhilarating parts of the sport of kayaking. Navigating fast-moving water, often filled with obstacles and drops, is not for the faint-hearted. The key to staying safe when tackling whitewater runs is to understand what you’re facing and know your own limits. To help you get an idea of … Read moreGuide To The Classification Of Rapids

How to Get in and out of a Kayak

Getting into and out of a kayak is something that every paddler has to master but, particularly for beginners, it’s one of the more daunting parts of the sport. It requires correct technique, physical effort, and, if done incorrectly, has the potential to be embarrassing or even dangerous. The good news is, practice makes perfect. Every … Read moreHow to Get in and out of a Kayak

How to Lift and Carry a Kayak the Right Way

Learning to lift and carry a kayak correctly is fundamental to removing it from a car rack, transporting it to the water’s edge, portaging it, and even storing it correctly. Many kayaks, especially touring and sea kayaks, can be both long and heavy, so using the correct technique is vital when lifting and carrying a … Read moreHow to Lift and Carry a Kayak the Right Way

What to Wear Kayaking? a Guide to Paddling in All Weather Conditions

Does wearing the right clothing when kayaking make that much of a difference? Should I be dressing to suit the weather conditions? Yes, it does make a real difference, and yes, you absolutely you should. Dressing appropriately can make or break your kayaking experience, either allowing you to have a great time out on your ‘yak … Read moreWhat to Wear Kayaking? a Guide to Paddling in All Weather Conditions

Properly Maintaining Your Kayak: Kayak Maintenance 101

You’ve gone through the rigors of picking out the perfect kayak. You shopped around, you found the best boat for your needs, you got the right size and the ideal color, and you’ve even learned the correct strokes and safety procedures. The work is done. Now you can sit back and enjoy being a kayak … Read moreProperly Maintaining Your Kayak: Kayak Maintenance 101

Anatomy of a Kayak: Parts of a Kayak Explained

Do you want to invest in a kayak? Maybe you’ve recently bought a kayak or are doing some research. Whatever the case, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the boat before you’re ready to take it out on the water. Before you learn the correct paddling strokes, safety procedures, and perfect … Read moreAnatomy of a Kayak: Parts of a Kayak Explained

Which is Best: Hardshell vs. Inflatable Kayak?

Maneuvering through exciting waterways on a kayak is a thrill.  Whether you’re paddling through a winding river, a still lake, or a sea filled with waves, there’s so much natural beauty and wildlife to experience along with your route as you take in the fresh air.  Other than being a fun leisurely activity, kayaking is … Read moreWhich is Best: Hardshell vs. Inflatable Kayak?

Top 6 Myths About Inflatable Kayaks

inflatable kayak myths

First Things First. You can probably agree that storing and transporting inflatable kayaks is easy, however, there are many false beliefs about inflatable kayaks. A lot of these beliefs are introduced by the faulty performance of a cheap inflatable bought from a department store. If you do your research when looking to purchase an inflatable … Read moreTop 6 Myths About Inflatable Kayaks

Health Benefits of Kayaking

Kayaking is the ultimate way to experience the water.  You’ll get your heart pumping, strengthen muscles throughout your entire body, and soak up vitamin D in the sunshine, all while cruising alongside beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Not only is kayaking good exercise for those looking for a moderate to vigorous workout, but it is a … Read moreHealth Benefits of Kayaking