Paddling Education

A Multi-Day Kayak Trip with Type 1 Diabetes
A first multi-day sea kayak trip will be physically and mentally challenging for anyone. For someone with Type 1 diabetes it’s extra challenging, as 28-year old Rachel Anderson shares with us.
Packrafting Finland’s “Nightless Night” Kairacross Events
Kairacross is a unique packrafting and backpacking adventure event based in northern Finland during its “nightless night” season—midsummer. We had a chance to connect with Mikko Nenonen, co-owner of a Finnish paddlesports shop and participant in Kairacross.
Backpackers: Should You Add a Packraft to Your Gear Kit?
Unless you’re pretty immersed in the paddling world, you’ve probably never heard of a packraft. It’s one of the coolest little boats available—and ideal for backpackers!
Which Alpacka Packraft is for You?
Alpacka Raft makes several different types of packrafts. How do you know which one is right for you? Aqua Bound Ambassador Caj Koskinen takes us through a few packrafts from their fleet to help you decide.
All You Need to Know to Choose a Kayak Paddle
How much do you really need to know about choosing a kayak paddle? More than you think at first glance!
Backyard Adventures: The Bow River from Banff to Canmore
Backyard Adventures is all about maximizing days on the water. Look locally to have quick easy adventures planned for that last minute day off or change of schedule. 
Nick Ray’s upcoming Sea Kayak Expedition around Scotland
On August 28, 2022 Aqua Bound Ambassador and sea kayaker, Nick Ray, will embark on a year-long mission to kayak around Scotland. This expedition he’s calling Scotland 365 is a celebration of life for Nick, and will—if all goes as planned—end on his 60th birthday.
How NOT to Flip a Kayak
Many non-kayakers and new kayakers are worried that if they try kayaking, they’ll flip over. Some even let that fear stop them from getting on the water. How easy is it to flip a kayak?
Easy Smart Phone Photography Tips for Kayakers
With the development of smart phone photography in the last decade or so, it’s easy for anyone to learn to take great photos while you’re kayaking, packrafting, canoeing or paddle boarding.
Behind the Scenes of “Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground” Film
In May 2022 we released the short film Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground as a joint effort with our Norwegian Aqua Bound dealers and Ambassadors. In it we highlight Norway as a kayaking destination…
What Challenges do Women Face in the Kayaking World?
Are there challenges women face in the kayaking world that men don’t? That’s what we’ll explore here, with direct input from some kayaking women.
Kayaking Wyoming’s Fremont Canyon
Wyoming isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of kayaking—especially a Minnesotan like me. But Fremont Canyon, an easy drive from Casper, is worthy of any kayaker’s consideration.
5 Need-To-Know International River Signals
With the roar of the rapids, communication on the river with your paddling party and others can be challenging. Fortunately, there are international river signals that most people know around the world. Here are 5 need-to-know paddle signals for your next trip.
How Safe is Whitewater Kayaking?
Whitewater kayaking is often seen as dangerous. But is it? As Ken Whiting, a 30-year veteran of whitewater kayaking, says: “Whitewater kayaking really is no different than any other outdoor adventure sport. It can be safe…it can also be dangerous. It depends on so many factors.”
The Nittälven River Restoration Project
Ahead stretches a meandering ribbon of cold, slow-moving water. For the last 6 hours my wife and I have lugged our packrafts over dozens of trees that lie across the banks of the river.
Why I Sea Kayak
International Mental Health Awareness Month is drawing to a close. I’m a sea kayaker and I also live with chronic treatment resistant clinical depression. I’m also a suicide attempt survivor. This is why I believe sea kayaking is beneficial to me and my continued mental health journey.
Twin Cities Kayaking’s Unique Business Model
Twin Cities Kayaking, based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, has a unique business model for their kayak rental and guide service. Instead of asking their customers to go to them, they go to their customers.
How to Paddle Board in Windy Conditions
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun way to get a great workout and enjoy the water. Paddling along on glassy water is always a thrill…but isn’t always reality. Sometimes wind can become a real issue.
What's New with Black Women Who Kayak+?
From hiking and kayaking to rock repelling and golf, the adventures are endless. Black Women Who Kayak+ continues to push the boundaries by taking individuals out of their comfort zones and giving them the opportunity to participate in activities and be in spaces less familiar to them.
Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes When Choosing a Kayak Paddle
When it comes to kayak paddles, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all.” Just as there are different sizes and shapes of people and different styles of kayaking, so there are different types of kayak paddles.
Sea Kayak vs Rec Kayak: What’s the Difference?
Sea kayaks and recreational kayaks, while similar, are different boats that require different skills to paddle. In this PaddleTV video, Aqua Bound Ambassador team member, Ken Whiting, covers the basic differences between sea kayaks and rec kayaks, and the pros and cons of each.