Paddling Education

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 & SUP Paddling Safety Essentials
Paddling is a wonderful way to enjoy nature, get some exercise, socialize, challenge yourself and have some adventure. Know basic paddling safety and you’ll be paddling for years to come.
An Endurance Paddling Event Unlike Any Other: ChattaJack31
The ChattaJack31 is arguably one of the most unique and impressive paddling events to enter the endurance racing stage in recent years. Traveling 31 miles from downtown Chattanooga through the incredibly scenic Tennessee River Gorge to Nickajack Lake, this event—now...
A Paddler's Guide to Leaving No Trace
There are few things out there as memorable or rewarding as an overnight river trip. It doesn't matter the river type—whether it's full of technical rapids or deep, languid flat water—there's just something about paddling to a campsite that can't...
Tellico River - White Water Paddling

The Tellico River is a magnetic place for many reasons that become obvious before you even exit the car. Depending on recent rain, the mist of Bald River Falls at the Tellico River confluence will sometimes dot your windows as you cross the bridge.

Chances Are, You're Paddling that Stand-Up Paddleboard Wrong
I owned a paddleboard for almost two years and never knew I was paddling it wrong. To me, riding a stand-up paddleboard was all about tooling along, taking in the view from high above the water. If you were really...
The Best Places to Paddle on the Tennessee River
The area around Chattanooga is perhaps best known for its whitewater, but that’s not the only paddling opportunity available in the Scenic City. In fact, paddlers are increasingly discovering the joys of kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding on the Tennessee...
On a Tight Budget? Our Cheapest SUP Paddles
Are you on a tight budget? Or are you just starting out in paddleboarding and don’t want to invest in a high-end paddle yet? We’ve got you covered!
More Frequently Asked Questions
For us, service isn’t a poster in the break room or terms our leaders use in monthly meetings. It’s in our DNA. We have one mission and that is to have the best service in the entire outdoor industry.
Apostle Islands Kayaking
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a protected area along Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin. It’s become hugely popular with sea kayakers—both the islands themselves and a stretch of sea caves in the mainland nearby.
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…
Safety First: Wear a Life Jacket When You SUP

Whether you think of them as life jackets or the more official term of personal flotation devices (PFDs), they’re meant for one thing: saving lives.

Kayaking the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Once established, the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area will be the largest protected freshwater marine area in Canada.
The Shred Carbon Paddle for Whitewater Kayaking [Video]
More than any other water sport, whitewater kayaking demands a comfortable and high-performing paddle. It’ll take a lot of abuse, so you’ll want the best one you can afford.
Why Spend More on a SUP Paddle?
When it comes to buying a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) paddle, the rule of thumb is to buy the lightest one you can afford.
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.
SUP Yoga Basics
Stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga combines the peace, centeredness and full-body engagement of yoga with the fresh air and natural connection found on the water.
SUP Technique—The J-Stroke
For those now standing up on the paddleboard and getting the hang of the balance and motion involved in stand-up paddling, the J-stroke is a great addition!
Choosing a SUP Paddle - Part 2
Choosing a stand-up paddle to accompany your board is an important decision that’ll affect your enjoyment of paddleboarding. There are three main considerations when selecting the right paddle for you and your board:
How to Choose a SUP Board
When choosing a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) that’s perfect for you, there are a few questions you want to answer…
Kayak Paddles 101
When choosing a kayak paddle, there are three main things you’ll be looking at: it’s length, what it’s made of, and any extra features it has. Let’s take a look at each one of these…