Knowledge & Know-How

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Is A Kayak Considered A Boat Or A Personal Watercraft?

When it comes to water vessel classifications, kayaks often fall into a gray area. Are they considered boats, personal watercraft, or something else entirely? The answer can have significant implications for regulations, registration, and safety requirements. We investigate the legal and practical definitions of kayaks, exploring how they are categorized by different authorities and in various contexts.

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How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak: Master Coordination, Communication, and Technique

Tandem kayaking can be a joy or a struggle, depending on how well you and your partner work together. Paddling in sync requires more than just physical coordination – it demands clear communication and a shared understanding of roles and techniques. We break down the essential skills and strategies for mastering tandem kayaking, from establishing a rhythm and power balance to executing turns and maneuvers as a team.

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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!

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How To Get In And Out Of A Kayak Safely And Smoothly

As a kayaking instructor, I have witnessed countless chaotic attempts to enter and exit a kayak. It can be an intimidating experience for beginners and even challenging for experienced paddlers. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of getting in and out of your kayak with confidence, ensuring that you maintain stability and balance through proper positioning and weight transfer.

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What is a Float Plan? Why Do You Need One? What Information Should Be Included?

Have you ever headed out on the water without telling anyone your plans? Float plans are a critical part of safe boating – imagine becoming stranded or experiencing trouble without a way to call for help. A detailed float plan provides vital information to first responders if an emergency arises. This guide will cover everything you need to know about creating one.

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High Angle vs Low Angle Kayak Paddle: Different Paddling Styles Call For Different Paddles

Do you struggle to keep momentum while paddling your kayak? The wrong paddle can slow you down without realizing it. Learn about differences between high and low angle paddling styles to determine what’s best for you. With the ideal blade shape and angle for how YOU want to paddle, you’ll glide smoothly, powerfully, and fatigue-free every time you hit the water!

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How To Clean and Dry Your Inflatable Kayak Properly

Did you know improper cleaning and storage can lead to mold, mildew and deterioration of your inflatable kayak? Safeguarding your boat’s longevity and performance requires a meticulous post-paddle maintenance ritual. Learn a foolproof system for washing, drying and storing your inflatable kayak to keep it in prime condition for years to come. We reveal the best techniques and products to use, rookie mistakes to avoid, and tips to prevent damaging wear and tear between adventures!

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How To Use A Kayak Cart: Everything You Need To Know 

Ever struggled to lift or drag your heavy kayak from the parking lot to the water without throwing out your back? Avoid injury and damaging your ‘yak with a kayak cart – it makes transporting easy, even over rough terrain. This guide covers must-have features to look for when buying a cart, pro tips for loading and unloading, and how to use the different kayak cart types.