Paddling Education

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…
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?
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…
How to Size Kayak & SUP Paddles from Home
When you can go into a paddle sports retailer and size a paddle, that’s great. But if you don’t live near one or they’re not open when you want to buy a paddle, it’s easy to size yourself from home, too.
How to Shuttle Boats & Paddlers with Social Distance

We’re all longing to get out of the house and on the water in a kayak, packraft or SUP board. Not just because of two months+ of quarantine, but because the weather’s beautiful and summer is upon us! How do we do that in a safe, socially-distanced way?

Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle

Let’s look at the difference between the two types of kayak paddles—high-angle and low-angle. We’ll see how they’re different and what type of paddling each one is designed for.

How to Launch Your Kayak in a Surf Zone [Video]
Join kayak expert Ken Whiting as he shows us how to safely launch and land your kayak in a surf zone…
How to Get Back on Your SUP Board
Whether an intentional or unintentional dunking happens while you SUP, getting back on your board is something you need to learn…
Caring for Your Kayak Paddle
Even the toughest paddles in the industry appreciate a little love. Here at Aqua-Bound, we know our paddles perform best when they receive the proper care. Here are a few tricks to keeping your paddle in tip-top condition for years of paddling adventures.
Kayaking: Technique vs. Power [Video]
One of the reasons kayaking is such a great water sport for so many is that finesse—good technique—is more important than power…
How to Kayak in Ocean Surf
ProStaffer Peter Lavigne loves kayaking in the ocean surf near his home in Saint John New Brunswick, Canada. If you’d love to try this, too, keep reading as Pete shares his best tips with us…
Learning to Stand-Up Paddle
There are many reasons why stand-up paddleboarding has been one of fastest growing outdoor recreation activities in recent years: it’s easy to learn and great exercise…
Kayak Safely in High-Traffic Waters [Video]
If you plan to kayak in high-traffic waters, you’ll need to learn the “rules of the road.” Kayak expert, Ken Whiting, shares his tips with us in this video…
Kayak Touring: Getting the Right Gear [Video]
Kayak expert, Ken Whiting, shares with us the gear you need to get started kayak touring in this instructional video…
3 Techniques All Kayakers Should Know [Video]
One of the great things about kayaking is that anyone can grab a paddle and a kayak, put it in the water and start paddling…
How to Roll a Kayak [Video]
In this video, kayaking expert, Ken Whiting, explains the two most common methods to roll a kayak.
Ocean Kayaking Tips for Beginners
Are you eager to try an ocean kayaking adventure? If you’re a beginning kayaker, there are some important things to keep in mind when considering paddling in the ocean.
Kayak Paddle Feathering: What is It and Why does it Matter?
“What is paddle feathering?” That’s a question we get all the time. If you’ve been wondering what paddle feathering is and why it matters, here are the basics…
How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak
A tandem kayak—a kayak built for two—can be a great way to get out on the water both for a recreational paddle and for a longer touring excursion.