Paddling Education

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.
Skills Session for Whitewater Packrafting
Getting bored of the same whitewater runs and want to improve your skills? Head to your local river for a skills session! You’ll fine tune techniques like boat angles, body positioning, and balance points to work them into muscle memory. Here are a few skills to get you started.
New Whiskey and Tango Kayak Paddle Color: Northern Lights
We’re excited to announce a brand new color pattern for our best kayak paddles, the Whiskey and Tango, for 2022: Northern Lights.
Our Whiskey Fiberglass Kayak Paddle Wins “Best in Class”
We’re so pleased that PaddleTV just announced Aqua Bound’s Whiskey Fiberglass kayak paddle as a “Best High Performance Paddle of 2021”! Paddle TV’s Ken Whiting gives the round-up of their Top 5 Kayak Paddles of 2021 in this video…
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.
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.
Aqua Bound’s New Apparel for Fall 2021 and 2022
Hey Aqua Bound fans, we have new apparel to cap off your look on and off the water. It’s easy to spread the word about your favorite paddle brand when you wear the merch! Here’s a look at our 2021/22 collection…
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.
Paddle Logger App: Track Your Paddling Adventures
Paddle Logger is an iOS app designed by paddlers for paddlers to track your water routes and miles, give you safety features and more. This app helps add even more value to all your paddling adventures.
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.
A Packrafting Power Couple
Healthy relationships take trust, commitment, and dedication. This packrafting power couple takes the importance of these elements to a whole new level.
Kayak Rudders & Skegs FAQs
Join Aqua Bound ProStaffer Ken Whiting as he explains kayak rudders and skegs in this video from Paddle TV…
Packrafting the High Sierras
Filmmaker Hank Leukart wanted to backpack Ansel Adams Wilderness, and he wanted to be able to paddle the many lakes they’d encounter on their trek. So he convinced his two friends to bring packrafts for this adventure into the High Sierras.
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.
One Ontario Family’s Kayaking Adventures
Celeste Ireland and her family started kayaking together regularly during the lockdown year of 2020. After an overload of kayaking photos on her personal Instagram page, she decided to start a new public page devoted to their kayaking adventures.
The ‘Pack’ in Packraft
Written By Rachel Davies Packrafts are touted as a versatile tool for exploration – by compactly packing into hiking gear to get over mountain passes and then swiftly transforming into stable but maneuverable boats for smashing down rivers or gliding...
Wilderness Canoeing Above the Arctic Circle
Minnesota canoeist, Jim Gallagher, has been on more than 20 wilderness canoe trips above the Arctic Circle in Canada and Alaska. We wanted to hear Jim’s story about how he got into wilderness canoeing and what he loves about paddling in the Arctic. Here’s our conversation...