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Best Kayak Compass – Top 6 Picks For When GPS Technology Fails

Don’t let losing battery power or GPS signal turn your paddle into disaster by getting lost far offshore. Always carry a reliable backup compass tailored for kayaking – it could save your life! We have reviewed the top-rated kayak compasses of 2024, covering specialized features like illumination, declination adjustment, and durability so you can find the perfect match to keep paddling confidently when GPS fails.

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How To Plan A Kayak Camping Trip – Planning, Packing And Gear Tips!

The combination of kayaking and camping unlocks a paddling adventure like no other – imagine waking up to misty mornings on secluded shores after nights under the stars! But pulling off the perfect kayak camping trip requires thoughtful prep work. Learn how to plan a hassle-free, fun camping getaway with pro tips on packing gear, route planning, campsite selection, weather watch, and more!

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Sit-On-Top Vs. Sit-In Kayak: Which Is The Better Kayak Type For You?

Kayaks are categorized in many ways, but the first – and most important – is based on hull style. It’s also the one that sparked the age-old debate in the paddling community: Which is better, sit-on-tops or sit-ins? Both sides have some valid arguments – and, in a way, both sides are right. You see, the question isn’t which type is inherently better. Instead, which one’s better for you.

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Do Sharks Attack Kayaks: Attack Statistics, Managing Encounters & Safety Precautions

Paddling over deep ocean waters, I’ll admit those Jaws scenes sometimes creep into my mind. Spotting a dorsal fin my heart skips a beat. While shark attacks on kayaks are extremely rare, understanding statistics, encounters, and best safety precautions puts my mind at ease. After researching expert insights on shark behaviour, I’m sharing practical tips to safely enjoy ocean kayaking, even where great whites roam!

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Learn How to Kayak For Beginners – Everything You Need to Know

Ready to try kayaking but don’t know where to start? This guide is your ticket to mastering the basics with confidence on your very first time on the water! Learn how to pick the right starter kayak, perfect your paddling technique, understand safety essentials, and grasp key terminology to look and sound like a pro. Paddling is easier than you think – become a kayaking whiz now!

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How Many Calories Does Paddle Boarding Burn?

Paddle boarding’s growing popularity comes not just from its fun factor – it also provides an incredible full body workout! But exactly how many calories can you burn paddle boarding? We break down paddle boarding’s calorie burn potential by your weight, paddle boarding type, pace, and session duration. You’ll learn how to maximize fat burning during every paddle for accelerated results!

Who Are WaterSportsWhiz?

Created by Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts

WaterSportsWhiz exists to be the trusted source that paddling enthusiasts can turn to for reliable insights. When starting out on this paddling journey, our founder Sam struggled to find accurate information, he decided that if no reliable source existed for beginners – he’d build it himself.

We remain committed to overcoming obstacles in order to provide quality recommendations without bias or hidden agendas.

Our philosophy: equip fellow water lovers with the transparent guidance needed to safely enjoy their sport.

Real expertise from real experience, not just to make sales but to serve our community.

If the path doesn’t exist, we’ll forge ahead until we make one.

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The WaterSportsWhiz crew brings together over 120 collective years of water sports experience and expertise. From professional athletes and coaches to recreational weekend warriors, our team offers well-rounded perspectives bonded by a genuine love of the water.

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Founder, Kayak & Paddle Boarding Expert

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Senior Writer & Kayaking Expert

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Writer and Globetrotting Adventurer

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Best 2 Person Inflatable Kayak – Top 10 Inflatable Tandems In 2023

As a pair of city paddlers lacking the storage space for hard shells, my wife and I struggled finding an inflatable kayak tailor-made for two. After countless pinned knees and awkward topples, we nearly gave up hope. But after endless tests we discovered the perfect tandem models built for adventure-loving pairs without compromising on comfort or performance! Here’s our must-have list of two-person inflatables ready for making memories in 2023!

Equipment & Accessories

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Best Kayak Compass – Top 6 Picks For When GPS Technology Fails

Don’t let losing battery power or GPS signal turn your paddle into disaster by getting lost far offshore. Always carry a reliable backup compass tailored for kayaking – it could save your life! We have reviewed the top-rated kayak compasses of 2024, covering specialized features like illumination, declination adjustment, and durability so you can find the perfect match to keep paddling confidently when GPS fails.

Knowledge & Know-How

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Kayak Weight Limit – How Much Weight Can A Kayak Hold?

Every kayak has a maximum weight capacity that you need to know before loading up for your next adventure. Exceeding this limit can lead to capsizing, instability, and even damage to your boat. We break down how kayak weight limits are determined and what factors influence the total load your kayak can handle safely. Learn the typical weight ranges for different types of kayaks and how to calculate your gear’s impact on capacity.

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At WaterSportsWhiz, we take accuracy and integrity seriously. Our writers have decades of first-hand experience and active participation across every water sport we discuss on this site.

We thoroughly research, test, and fact-check all our recommendations. We never accept paid sponsorships or placements, and we detail any potential biases openly and honestly.

Our goal is not to promote products, but to provide ethical, comprehensive, and unbiased advice to help you make informed decisions. You can trust that we have your back as a fellow water sports enthusiast.

Our commitment to transparency, honesty, and rigorously vetted information means you can have confidence in the guidance we provide. Let us help you make the most of your time on the water!