Paddling Education

Guided Kayak Tours: When to Join a Group
If you don’t have your own kayak gear, rental companies and tour companies abound. What’s the best choice for your situation: to rent gear or go with a guided kayak tour?
Adaptive Kayaking Offers Freedom for People with Disabilities
Adaptive kayaking is one of the best ways people with disabilities can experience freedom and enjoyment in the outdoors.
Tie Down Your Kayak to Your Vehicle Quickly and Easily
Unless you keep your kayak or paddle board at a cabin or you live on a lake or river, you’ll need to tie it down to your vehicle to transport it. This video from our friends at Aquabatics Alberta (AQ Outdoors) gives you clear steps on how to tie down your kayak to your vehicle...
A Beginner’s Guide to Kayaking Like a Pro
Kayaking is a wonderful entry-level paddle sport. It’s very possible to simply get in and start to paddle. But like everything, there are ways to shorten the learning curve and increase your enjoyment early on.
Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboard? Explore Your Options
Which boat should you buy: a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard? All are wonderful options depending on where, how and with whom you want to paddle.
An Interview with Tanya Walker of BWWK+
Tanya Walker is the founder of Black Women Who Kayak+ (BWWK+), an organization dedicated to getting women of color where they’re not typically seen—in outdoor spaces and connected to nature and each other.
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.
Packrafting Skills Session: Whitewater Safety
Whether new to whitewater and packrafting or looking to shake off the complacency cobwebs, getting out to practice whitewater safety skills is a fun and valuable time on the river. Here are five skills to get you going!
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.
Aqua Bound’s Quality Assurance Process
Here at Aqua Bound our top priority is to be sure every kayak, stand-up or canoe paddle we sell is of the highest quality. That includes three main factors: cosmetic appeal, light weight and durability.
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.
Bikerafting New Zealand’s Hurunui River [Video]
Bikerafter and filmmaker, Deane Parker, co-led a crew of mostly first-timers for a bike and packraft trip down New Zealand’s Hurunui River.
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.
Reading Rivers with W.O.R.M.S.
The conservative line? The gnarliest line? Looking at a section of whitewater can be overwhelming at first, but breaking down what you see into W.O.R.M.S. can help simplify scouting. From class one to class five, this tried and true mnemonic provides a straightforward method of thinking and talking through reading a river to safely pick your line.
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.