Paddling Education

For International Woman’s Day: Meet the Women on Our ProStaff Team
In honor of International Women’s Day 2022, March 8, we want to introduce you to the fabulous women on Aqua Bound’s ProStaff team.
Top 5 Considerations When You’re Ready for a Kayak Upgrade
When you’re ready to graduate from your entry-level kayak to an upgraded model, here are the top five considerations to look for. Or if you haven’t bought a kayak yet but want to get into one your skills can grow with, there are some great tips.
Essential Tips for Big, Tall and Heavy Kayakers and SUPers
We firmly believe that paddling is for everyone! Just as we want to see people of all ages and ethnicities out on the water, we want to see people of all sizes out on the water.
Our Best Content on Kayaking with Children
Kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding with your children is the very best way to introduce them to the wonderful world of paddling. Here, we’ve collected our best content about paddling for families with young children, whether it’s kayaking, SUPing (stand-up paddle boarding) or canoeing.
When To Wear a Kayak Helmet
A kayak helmet, while not the normal piece of gear most recreational kayakers think of, is essential for a few specific types of kayaking. Anytime kayakers, canoeists or packrafters are in intense paddling situations a helmet is a wise idea, and could even save your life.
Best Tips for Winter Kayaking [Video]
When kayaking in the winter there are considerations to think about in addition to general kayaking safety. In this video, Aqua Bound ProStaffer, Ken Whiting, discusses winter kayaking. He covers suggested gear and also the important question of whether you should head out alone.
Explore Kayaking Possibilities with "The River Chaz"
Charles Bauer didn’t start kayaking until he retired from his high school teaching career in 2020. Ever since, he’s loved getting on the water and bringing others with him. Now his website, The River Chaz, is a resource for other kayakers (hikers and bikers), too.
7 Stunning National Parks to Paddle in the Continental U.S.
National parks, lakeshores and riverways offer paddlers the chance to see magnificent views from a refreshing vantage point: the water. We compiled a list of seven stunning national parks to paddle your way through the Continental United States.
Our Most-Viewed Content of 2021
At Aqua Bound, we love a good adventure and enjoy providing content that prepares people to enjoy more time on the water. We rounded up our top posts full of product details, safety tips, trip recommendations, and more.
How to Choose: Sit-on-Top vs. Sit-In Kayaks
When you choose a new kayak, one of the questions you’ll ask yourself is: “Do I want a sit-on-top or a sit-in model?” This video from Paddle TV covers the differences that will affect your decision.
New England Kayaker, Paul Clack
Paul Clack kayaks almost daily on the waters of his native New England during the paddle season. We wanted to tell his story about his favorite local kayak spots, some unforgettable encounters with nature, and why he’s a solo paddler.
Aqua Bound: A “Build to Order” Company
In the manufacturing world, there are two types of companies: Build to inventory and build to order. 20 years into our history, Aqua Bound switched from the build to inventory model to become a build to order company.
Dry Bags for Kayaking: What You Need to Know
Dry bags are one of the kayaker’s most convenient and useful gear items whether you’re on the water for a couple of hours, a full day or a multi-day trip.
Use GoPro to Film Your Own Kayaking Adventures
Expert kayaker and Aqua Abound ProStaffer, Ken Whiting, shares his tips and strategies for filming your own kayaking adventures with a GoPro action camera in this video.
Kayak Guide and Outdoor Photographer, Rob McNamee
Rob McNamee is an Aqua Bound ProStaffer, kayak guide and outdoor photographer from the UK, currently based in Sweden. We managed to align our time zones for a video interview with Rob, who gave us an in-depth look into kayaking in his area and the work he does there.
Aqua Bound Tango Fiberglass is 2022 Best Kayak Paddle!
We’re thrilled that our Tango Fiberglass kayak paddle has just been awarded “Best Paddle” by 2022 Paddling Magazine Industry Awards!
Need Gift Ideas for Your Kayaking Kids? Here are 13
Do you have kids on your gift list who love to kayak, canoe or paddle board? Here are 13 fun gift ideas for them to enjoy on all their paddling adventures.
What to Wear Kayaking: Dress for Immersion
When you’re considering what to wear kayaking, one of the most important safety tips to keep in mind is: dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Dress as if you’ll be in the water…just in case you end up in the water.
Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle
If you’re new to kayaking, you might think “a paddle is a paddle.” But before long you’ll learn there’s a big difference in the types of paddles available. One of the major differences is in choosing between a high-angle and a low-angle blade shape.
Kaizen = Continuous Improvement: In Fine Dining…and Kayaking
Mark Lutz is a fine dining chef who advocates what the Japanese call kaizen, which means “continuous improvement.” Mark is also an avid sea kayaker who applies kaizen to his paddling as well.
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.