Paddling Education

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.
Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle
When you’re brand-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. Some of that difference has to do with the kind of kayaking you want to do.
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…
Talk the SUP Talk
Learn stand-up paddleboarding language
The Forward Paddle Stroke in Kayaking

Get the most from your paddling adventures by learning the proper forward paddle stroke in kayaking. In this video, Ken Whiting explains and demonstrates the proper forward stroke technique.

Proper Paddling Technique in Kayaking

A very important part of kayaking is learning good technique. Good technique will help you paddle more efficiently and help you avoid injury…

How to Choose a Kayak Paddle

While it’s true that almost any paddle can get your kayak moving, there are a lot of great reasons to take the time to choose the right paddle for the type of kayaking you want to do…


Florida Panhandle Vacation Fishing
My cousin got married in Santa Rosa Beach, FL last month, which provided my family a great opportunity to go on a week long beach vacation. Baton Rouge has been pretty chaotic lately so it was nice to get out of town for a while.
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31 Tips for Cold Weather Paddling (Not Including "Move to Hawaii"!)
In 2010, Rob Casey, a long-time stand-up paddler and instructor, wrote the first comprehensive guide to stand-up paddling, titled, appropriately enough, Stand Up Paddling. In that book, Rob provides tips on how to extend your paddleboarding season into the cold weather months.
Choosing A Stand Up Paddle
Just like any paddle sport, if your paddle is weak, it doesn't matter how nice your boat or board are. The paddle you choose can truly impact your SUP experience, so making sure you get the right one is worth the research.
Choosing A Kayak Paddle
If you're new to kayaking or would just like to learn more about some of the different types of kayak paddles, this is a great place to start…
Alex DePue Goes Class 5
Alex DePue, Aqua-Bound whitewater sponsored athlete from New Brunswick, NJ, shows off his skills in preparation for Moosefest. Alex uses the Shred Carbon paddle: