Paddling Education

Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle
In order to be able to choose the best paddle for you, you need to understand the two main styles of kayaking: high-angle and low-angle, or the angle at which your paddle enters the water.
New to Kayaking? Don’t Make These 11 Mistakes
Are you a beginning kayaker? Here are eleven mistakes brand new kayakers sometimes make that can, at minimum, take the fun out of your first kayak trip.
Packrafting the Grand Canyon: Adventures & Tips
Winning a follow-up permit lottery from Grand Canyon National Park allowed Johnathan and Hannah Shininger an opportunity of a lifetime: to packraft 90 miles of the Colorado River through the Canyon.
Inflatable Kayaks 101: What to Know
Inflatable kayaks have been increasing in popularity in the past couple of years. What should you know about them so you can make a good buying decision? Let’s take a look at a few of the main factors.
Kayak Rudders & Skegs FAQs
Join Aqua Bound ProStaffer Ken Whiting as he explains kayak rudders and skegs in this video from Paddle TV…
How to Kayak on Rivers & Current
Kayaking on rivers is amazing—but current has some hazards you need to know and think about. Join Aqua Bound ProStaffer, Ken Whiting, as he goes over in this video how to paddle with confidence on rivers and in current.
What to Know About Inflatable Kayaks
Inflatable kayaks have been getting very popular, and for many good reasons. But they also bring up several questions you don’t have to answer with a hardshell kayak. In this video, Aqua Bound ProStaffer Ken Whiting talks about what you need to know about inflatable kayaks:
How to Transport Your Kayak
Kayaking is super fun and super healthy. But it has its challenges, the first of which is how to transport your kayak to the water you want to paddle.
Must-Have Gear for Your Paddle Boarding Trip

This article covers ideal options regarding attires and gears under different weather conditions for Paddle Boarding so that you surf with comfort at every step!

Comparing A Basic Kayak to a High-End Kayak [Video]
In this video, Paddle Tales’ Ken Whiting explains the differences between a basic sit-on-top kayak and a higher-end sit-on-top kayak.
How to Get In (and Out of) Your Kayak
Most sources teach you how to get in and out of your kayak using your paddle. We recommend you learn how to enter and exit your kayak without your paddle.
Kayak Safely on Busy Waterways [Video]
“Paddling on busy waterways is like swimming in shark-infested waters. You’re immediately in the food chain at the bottom!” says Ken Whiting, host of of this PaddleTales episode.
Packrafting Safety
As with all paddling sports, safety needs to always be top-of-mind for packrafters, whether they’re beginners or experienced paddlers.
Essential Canoe Trip Gear
Ken Whiting tells us about the canoe trip gear items he considers essential in this video from Paddle Tales, Canoe Tripping Gear I Never Leave at Home…
How Covid has Impacted the Paddlesports Industry
Covid-19’s impact on our world has been unprecedented in so many ways. While there’s plenty of bad news from this pandemic, there’s also some good news that came out of it—millions of people have rediscovered nature and the outdoors.
Our Best Advice for Beginning Kayakers
Millions of people entered the kayaking world in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. If you’re one of these beginning kayakers, we’ve collected 11 our most popular and important kayaking articles to help you out…
Don’t Say This to Beginning Whitewater Kayakers…
Whitewater kayaking is a different animal than flatwater kayaking. River levels, water hazards and varying degrees of rapids make it complex and demand respect in a different way. Here we bust common misconceptions beginning whitewater kayakers are sometimes told…
Kayaking: Minimize the Aches & Pains
One of the most wonderful things about kayaking—and all paddle sports, really—is that we can do it well into old age. It’s easier on our body than many outdoor activities. But these aches and pains do come, so how can we minimize them?
The Health Benefits of Stand-Up Paddleboarding
One of the best things about stand-up paddleboarding (and all paddle sports) is that it’s not just fun, but has so many health benefits. Let’s take a look at some of them...
When Is It Too Cold to Kayak?
When is it too cold to kayak? The short answer: When the water is frozen solid! For example, here in Wisconsin at AquaBound headquarters we’re not kayaking in February because our lakes have a foot of ice on them...
How to Choose a Paddle Bag
If you’ve invested some significant cash into quality paddles, consider buying a paddle bag to store and transport them so they’ll stay in tip-top shape.