Paddling Education

When to Teach Kids to Kayak & Paddleboard
When we get kids into paddling—kayaking, SUP, canoeing or packrafting—they can have a lifetime of fun and adventure on the water. But how young can they start?
Your Best Options for Paddling Shoes
For both comfort and safety, having the right footwear is an important discussion for paddlers of all types of boats—kayaks, canoes, packrafts and stand-up paddleboards.
Aqua-Bound’s Long Distance SUP Paddles
Paddleboarders who love to be on the water all day or who head out on multi-day trips (or dream of multi-day trips) need two things from their paddle: durability and light weight.
Aqua-Bound’s “Edge” Whitewater Canoe Paddle
For whitewater canoeists, Aqua-Bound’s Edge canoe paddle is a durable and affordable choice that provides maximum power in every stroke.
Tips for Kayaking Urban Waterways
One thing we’ve all learned in the past few months during COVID season—paddling close-to-home can be wonderful! For many of us, that means paddling near urban centers large and small.
Aqua-Bound’s SUP Paddles for the Cabin
Aqua-Bound has you covered for budget-friendly SUP paddle options for days at the cabin or local lake. If you want a stand-up paddle that’s fun to use, easy to adjust and far above most clunky entry-level paddles, look no further…
Thoughts on Local Paddling during COVID
Kayak surfers and Aqua-Bound ProStaff team members, Adam Constantine and Pete Lavigne, share with us some of their insights and photos about paddling close to home in these days of social distancing...
How to Kayak & SUP with Your Dog
We can tell a lot of you love to kayak, canoe, packraft and paddleboard with your dogs—we see so many of our 4-legged friends in your social posts! If you haven’t tried taking your dog along with you yet, but have wanted to try, we’ve collected some tips that’ll help you…
Plan a Multi-Day SUP Trip: 10 Things to Consider
So you want to go on a multi-day SUP trip? Here’s a collection of 10 things to keep in mind when you plan your trip, culled from around the paddleboard world…
10 Cheap “Dad” Hacks for Kayakers
Our good friend, Dan Arbuckle of Headwaters Kayak, along with pal, Ethan, heads into a local retailer to check out their supply of their list of 10 cheap “dad” hacks to bring along on all your kayak trips with your family.
Leave No Trace: Let’s Paddle Responsibly!
There are so many new paddlers out this summer due to COVID restrictions and social distancing practices. That’s great news! But inexperienced paddlers may not know how to paddle responsibly and with Leave No Trace principles in mind.
Kayaking the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario
Ken Whiting takes this episode of Paddle Tales to his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario where he kayaks the Rideau Canal.
Aqua-Bound’s Manta Ray vs. Whiskey Kayak Paddles
Our Manta Ray and Whiskey kayak paddles are both high-angle paddles designed for power and speed. Let’s compare the two models to see how they’re different…
Are You Making this Common Paddling Mistake?
One of the biggest mistakes we see novice paddlers make—whether kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding—is using just their arms and shoulders to paddle and not their whole core…
15 Amazing National Parks to Kayak in the US & Canada
2020 isn’t the best summer to travel to faraway national parks because of social distancing and limited services. But it doesn’t hurt to dream a little!
Bent vs. Straight Shaft Kayak Paddles

A common question we get as we’re helping people find the right paddle for them is: What’s the difference between straight shaft and bent shaft kayak paddles? Why should you choose one over the other? We’re going to help solve this dilemma for you…
23 Top Tips to Get You Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Quickly
Stand-up paddle boarding—or any paddling—isn’t rocket science! But as with any activity, there are tips and tricks that’ll make it a whole lot easier to get you started and having fun right out of the gate.
8 Ways to Find Kayaking Spots Near You
If you’ve not paddled much before—or even if you have, but haven’t fully explored the waterways around you—how do find the best places to kayak (or canoe, stand-up paddle board or packraft) near you?
Aqua-Bound’s Eagle Ray vs. Sting Ray Kayak Paddles
Our Ray family of kayak paddles are super popular, and for good reason. Here we compare the Eagle Ray series with the Sting Ray series…
How to Self-Rescue if You Capsize Your Kayak [Video]
Watersports are generally very safe, but we still need to know what to do in case of an emergency. For kayakers, that includes knowing self-rescue skills. Watch this video from expert kayaker, Ken Whiting, and the ACA…
Aqua-Bound’s Sting Ray vs. Tango Kayak Paddles
Our Sting Ray and Tango kayak paddles are both designed for low-angle paddling, making it easy for you to spend long days on the water without fatigue or soreness.

Here we explore how they’re similar and, especially, how they’re different, so you can make your best paddle purchase decision…