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The Kayak Rental and Launch at the Rainbow River Headsprings
After putting-in at the Rainbow Springs State Park Campground and passing the sign alerting you that you are entering the Headsprings area, you’ll come to the actual Headsprings. You can rent kayaks here or put your own kayak in here.

Kayak Shuttle in Yosemite - Running Shuttle to Kayak in Yosemite National Park
The kayaking trip is a 3 mile paddle that goes from Stoneman Bridge to Sentinel Beach. You'll have to go around the one way loop in your vehicle to get back and forth between the two. Stoneman Bridge is not far from the Curry Village Recreation Center where you'll park. Walk your gear down the road to the left side of the bridge and you'll see a path down to the water, pictured here. This is the put-in.

Kayaking Yosemite Falls - Kayaking in front of Yosemite Falls
Before long you'll begin to see Yosemite Falls from your kayak up ahead. So to the rear you'll have Half Dome and in front you'll get views of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.

Half Dome Kayaking - Kayaking in Front of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
Consider kayaking in Yosemite National Park. When people think of Yosemite they don't generally think about paddling. That's probably because there isn't much kayaking allowed inside of Yosemite. There is however a stretch of the Merced River that runs right through the Yosemite Valley that canoeists, rafters, and kayakers are able to paddle. So, rather than walking, driving, or biking the Yosemite Valley floor, next time you drive to Yosemite perhaps consider kayaking it.

Yosemite Kayak Take-Out - The Sentinel Beach Kayak and Raft Take-out in Yosemite
The Sentinel Beach Kayak and Raft Take-out in Yosemite. Before you know it you'll paddle your kayak under a wooden bridge which is actually a fun area to get out and swim, picnic,and play. This is also a marker that tells you that your kayak trip in Yosemite is almost done. A large beach on river left is the take-out. Known as Sentinel Beach, this is where you parked your car or will be taking the bus shuttle back to the Curry Village Recreation Center.

Yosemite Kayak Put-In - Putting-in at Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite National Park
Consider kayaking in Yosemite National Park. When people think of Yosemite they don't generally think about paddling. That's probably because there isn't much kayaking allowed inside of Yosemite. There is however a stretch of the Merced River that runs right through the Yosemite Valley that canoeists, rafters, and kayakers are able to paddle. So, rather than walking, driving, or biking the Yosemite Valley floor, next time you drive to Yosemite perhaps consider kayaking it.

Youth and Leadership Games While Canoeing
All about leading youth groups, camps, and classes in canoeing trips that teach leadership, trust, and teamwork.

How to Canoe Kneeling Down
If you've wanted to learn how to canoe kneeling down here are four tips to help you kneel while canoeing or heeling a canoe.

Reasons to Canoe While Kneeling Down
If you've ever wondered why a person would canoe while kneeling down, here are four reasons.

How to Carry a Canoe Alone
This article explains how to lift, carry, and put down a canoe by yourself.

How to Get Back into a Canoe in Deep Water with Another Canoe
Instructions on how to get back into a canoe in deep water with the help of another canoeist.

Paddling Photos & Videos
Who among us doesn't like to see great photos and videos of the sport that we love so much. This page will give you access to some of the best multimedia the web has to offer related to the sport of paddling.

5 Goals for Every Paddler: Setting Paddling Goals
Here is a list of goals that every paddler should have at all times regardless of their paddling level or number of years on the water.

How Do I Carry My Kayak?
Instructions on how to carry a kayak.

How to do the Kayak T Rescue - Performing the Kayak T Rescue
The Kayak T-Rescue is one of the easiest methods for doing so, providing the kayaker is not paddling alone. Here's how.

The Kayak T-Rescue: Getting Back into the Kayak Using the T-Rescue
Here are the steps for a kayaker to get back into his or her kayak when using the technique known as the kayak t-rescue.

The Canoe T-Rescue
Instructions on how to do the canoe over canoe or t-rescue with two canoes.

How to Empty a Canoe by the Shake-Out Method
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All About Kayaking, Snorkeling, and Spearfishing
The trio of kayaking, snorkeling, and spearfishing make a great combination. Here's all the information you'll need to go kayak spearfishing.

Know the Laws for Kayak Spearfishing
It is important to know the laws and regulations for kayak spearfishing.

Kayak Spearfishing Conservation
Conservation and respect for the environment while kayak spearfishing are often overlooked areas by those new to the sport.

Safety Guidelines for Spearfishing from a Kayak
Safety guidelines and gear tips when spearfishing from a kayak

Kayak Spearfishing Gear Checklist
Here is a kayak spearfishing gear checklist to make sure you are prepared for your next spearing expedition.

Getting Started in Spearfishing from a Kayak
This article explains how to transition from a kayaker or snorkeler to go spearfishing from a sit-on-top kayak.

10 Rafting Questions to Ask Before You Whitewater Raft
This list of questions to ask your whitewater rafting outfitter will help you prepare for your upcoming whitewater rafting trip.

How To Hip Snap While Rolling a Kayak
The hip-snap is the driving force behind being able to flip a kayak back over once it is upside down. This article teaches a person how to practice the hip snap in a kayak.

How to Portage a Whitewater Rapid
Tips on how to portage around whitewater rapids you decide not to kayak.

How to Seal Launch Your Kayak
Learn all about seal launching, what it is and when kayakers use it.

What to do When a Canoe Flips
Here are some steps on what to do when a canoe flips.

What to do After Your Canoe Flips
Here are some tips on what to do when your canoe flips.

Preventative Safety Measures in Preparation for Canoe Flips
Here is a list of preventative safety measures you can take in preparation for a canoe flip.

Canoe Bailing Devices
Here are a few different bailing devices to be used when canoeing.

How to Get Into a Canoe from the Water
Here is a guide on how to get into a canoe from the water.

How to Empty a Swamped Canoe From the Water
Here is a method on how two paddlers can empty a swamped canoe while the paddlers are still in the water.

What to do When a Canoe Flips
Here are all the tips you need to plan, mitigate, and prepare for that time when your canoe will flip over.

Lessons in Leadership, Trust, and Teamwork from Youth Canoeing
This guide will help you lead a discussion for the leadership, trust, and teamwork canoeing games for youth.

Kayaking the Hudson River in Catskill, New York
All about kayaking the Hudson River in Catskill, NY from Dutchman's landing. Paddle under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge or up Catskill Creek.

How to Fish from a Standup Paddleboard
Paddleboard fishing combines the best of both sports. Here's a guide on how to fish from a standup paddleboard SUP.

Paddling Tandem Canoes and Kayaks
Tips to efficiently paddling a kayak or canoe in tandem

Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership Canoe Games
Here is a list of canoeing games that teach trust, teamwork, and leadership to high school and middle school youth.

All About Canoeing - Everything to Know About Paddling Canoes
Here is a beginners guide to help new canoeists learn all about canoeing.

How to Get Into and Launch a Canoe
Here are some tips on how two or three people can safely get into and launch a canoe.

Safety Guidelines for Youth Canoeing Groups
Guidelines for how to safely coordinate a youth canoeing trip.

Youth Games While Canoeing
Here are some games that can be played by youth while canoeing.

Faith-Based Youth Canoeing Activities
This lesson applies to Christian based youth camps that uses canoeing trust activities to teach lessons about faith.

How To Take a Forward Stroke in a Kayak
This article describes how to hold and use a kayak paddle to take a forward stroke. The kayak manuever known as the forward stroke is a relatively easy technique to master. It is also one of the most commonly distorted strokes in kayaking. This

Supplies You'll Need to Make Your Own Land Paddle
Here are the materials, supplies, and tools you'll need to make your own land paddle for Street SUP.

The Very First Steps to Learn to Land Paddle
Beginner instructions for how to begin learning to landboard.

Reasons to Pick up Land Paddling
Here are 5 reasons why you should land paddle. See if these don't make you want to learn to Street SUP.

How to Make Your Own Land Paddle
Here are instructions on how to make your own land paddle from common items found in your garage.

Whatever Happened to Perception's Whitewater Kayaks?
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All About Used Kayaks
Here is a guide to everything you need to know about buying and selling used plastic kayaks.

All About Plastic Kayaks
Here is all the information you'll need to own, maintain, repair, buy and sell a plastic kayak.

The Importance of Creating a Trip Plan for Kayaking
How to create a kayaking trip plan with the who, what, when, where, and why for your loved ones.

The Difference Between Touring and Whitewater Kayaking Strokes
The differences between the forward stroke in touring paddling and the forward stroke for whitewater kayaking.

Gear to Include with Your Used Kayak Sale
Here is a list of items to bundle and include with a used kayak sale.

How to Sell a Used Kayak
Here are some tips to help you sell your used kayak.

Kayaking and Canoeing Safety- Water Safety for Kayaking and Canoeing
Learning kayaking and canoeing safety is an absolutely essential component of learning how to paddle. Too many people decide to kayak or canoe with little more water safety knowledge than knowing how to swim. There is so much more to know and be prepared with regard to kayaking and canoeing safety than merely knowing how to tread water. Know how to give first aid, save a drowning person, treat hypothermia, swim, and wear the correct gear.

Your Guide to Buying the Right Kayak Paddle
This article explains the different attributes and design features that go into buying a kayak paddle.

Whitewater Rafting Death Statistics
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Whitewater and River Rafting Checklist
If you’ve never been whitewater rafting, it may be a bit perplexing what you should bring on the trip with you. Even if you are a whitewater rafting veteran, it is still easy to forget what to pack for the river. This whitewater and river rafting checklist will help guide you through your trip preparation. Of course, check with your outfitter for more specific details on what you should bring as this rafting checklist contain mere suggestions for your whitewater or river rafting trip.

Essential Kayak Gear and Equipment
This a list of the necessary kayak equipment a person should buy when getting started. Buying your first kayak equipment is a bitter-sweet moment. Here you will find an explanation of the essential kayak gear that a kayaker must have as well as other non-essential equipment one may want to consider purchasing.

10 Reasons Canoes Are Better Than Kayaks
While the relationship between canoeists and kayakers is generally copasetic, there is an unspoken superiority that each group usually feels over the other. Both enjoy a level of camaraderie that comes from doing a common activity. Both feel that they are doing it better than the other. On average, these represent the assumptions of canoes over kayaks. To add to the fray, here is a list of the benefits of paddling a canoe over a kayak.

Learn How to Kayak - Step-By-Step Tutorial
Kayaking is still one of the fastest growing of the water sports in the United States. While it's true that anyone can rent a kayak and begin to paddle, most people don't take a lesson to learn the essentials of kayaking. This how-to will tell you some of the beginning skills you'll need to understand before getting into and paddling a kayak.

How To Get Into A Kayak
This article outlines the steps for how to get into a kayak safely.

Skill Progression for Learning to Roll a Kayak
Being able to roll a kayak is an absolute must for all whitewater kayakers. This kayak roll skill progression will help guide you through these skills.

Repurpose or Recycle Your Old Kayak
Suggestions on how to repurpose or recycle an old kayak or canoe.

How to Dummy-Proof Your Kayak Paddle
Three tips to making sure you are holding your kayak paddle correctly.

All About Whitewater Rivers
A guide to understanding the different aspects and features of whitewater rivers for whitewater kayakers.

Improving Your Whitewater Kayaking Skills
Here are some intermediate whitewater maneuvers to practice to help improver you whitewater kayaking skills.

All About Paddling Strokes
The most commonly used kayaking strokes, canoeing strokes, and standup paddleboarding SUP strokes including the forward stroke, back and draw strokes.

Kayaking Equipment
This a list of the necessary equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in kayaking.

How to Do the Canoe J-Stroke
This how-to explains the steps involved in the canoeing manuever known as the j-stroke. The canoe J-Stroke is probably the most important canoe stroke to learn. Every person who has ever sat in a canoe knows how difficult it is to keep it going straight. With every stroke of the paddle, the canoe wants to turn to the opposite side. The canoe j-stroke is the remedy to this problem and actually allows the canoeist to correct the direction of the canoe while paddling forward.

The Different Types of Canoes & Canoeing
Here is a list and description of different types of canoes to help you navigate the different options you have when choosing a canoe.

All About Shipping a Kayak
Here is a guide to all about shipping a kayak and other options at a traveling whitewater kayaker's disposal when a boat is needed.

How to Acquire a Kayak When Traveling Away from Home
Here's a list of suggestions to get a whitewater kayak when you don't have yours with you.

How to Ship a Kayak
Learn how to ship a kayak with these instructions.

Paddling Gear and Equipment Definitions: Paddling Canoe and Kayak Gear and Equipment
This page contains the definitions of the various gear and equipment that are used in the paddling sports of canoeing and kayaking.

Whitewater Kayaking the Middle Ocoee River
The Ocoee River is one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country. Learn all about how to get to and kayak Tennessee's Ocoee River here.

Park and Play on the Ocoee River
Learn all about kayaking park and play on the Upper and Middle Ocoee River in Tennessee.

Whitewater Kayaking the Upper Ocoee River
The Class IV Upper Ocoee River in Tennessee was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Learn all about the Upper Ocoee River here.

Looking Upstream the Upper Ocoee River
Looking upstream along the path that runs next to the Ocoee River at the Ocoee Whitewater Center.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center
The Ocoee Whitewater Center along the banks of the Ocoee River in the Cherokee National Forest.

The Centennial Olympic Bridge on the Ocoee Rier
The Centennial 1996 Olympic Bridge on the Ocoee River.

The Newly Constructed Ocoee River Olympic Course
The 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics Slalom Course on the Ocoee River.

The Upper Ocoee River
Kayakers can scout the Ocoee River from the paved paths along the Upper Ocoee River at the Ocoee Whitewater Center.

All About the Ocoee River
The Ocoee River, located in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee, has whitewater kayaking, rafting and the Ocoee Whitewater Center.

Kayaking Strokes - Types and Definition
A list of kayaking strokes that kayakers should learn and are the prerequisites to learning the more advanced kayaking strokes.

Paddling Efficiency - Proper Form and Technique
Learn the three components in proper paddling technique for canoes and kayaks. They are boat efficiency, paddle efficiency,and body efficiency.

How to Avoid Drowning When Whitewater Kayaking
Steps for whitewater kayakers to take to avoid drowning.

Paddling Canoes and Kayaks is Great Exercise
Paddling is great exercise. It helps to build cardiovascular, aerobic, and upper body conditioning effects. Learn all about these benefits here.

Stretches for Kayakers: Muscles, the Body and Kayaking
Here is a list of stretches that kayakers can easily do before kayaking, while taking a break on a kayaking trip, or afterward.

The Best East Coast States for Consistent Whitewater
Here are the most reliable and consistent dam released rivers for whitewater kayaking on the east coast.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding the Causeway Islands of Fort Myers and Sanibel
Kayaking the Causeway Islands of Fort Myers and Sanibel Island offers a great introduction to the paddling opportunities in this area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Sea Kayaking Safety Rescues
Kayakers almost never learn the different safety rescues. Not knowing these sea kayak safety rescues can definitely have dire consequences. Here is a skill progression of the different kayak safety rescues sea kayakers should learn.

Lakes Regional Park - Kayaking Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, FL
Here's all the info you'll need to get out there and paddle at Fort Meyers Lakes Regional Park in Lees County.

What to Watch Out for While Whitewater Rafting
Here are the top 5 dangers to watch out for when whitewater rafting. The point of this article is not to asses the level of danger involved in whitewater rafting, but rather to highlight the dangers.

5 Tips to Get Your Paddling Gear Ready - Getting Your Canoe and Kayak Gear Ready for the Season
Most paddlers don’t properly store their canoeing and kayaking gear for the winter. This is usually just an oversight as a result of not knowing that the last paddling trip of the year was indeed the last trip. Then after months of getting buried and kicked around basements and garages we get frustrated when our canoe or kayak gear is lost or ,worse yet, damaged.

South Florida Kayaking - Kayaking and Mountain Biking at Oleta River State Park
Oleta River State Park offers kayakers and mountain bikers a distinctly South Florida outdoor experience. You can rent kayaks and mountain bikes at Oleta River State Park. Here's all the info you'll need to mounatain bike and kayak at Oleta River State Park in South Florida.

Top 5 Tips for the Storage of Your Canoe and Kayak Gear
Nothing is worse than getting out on the water and finding out that some item you’re wearing is ripped or broken. Also, canoe and kayak gear isn’t cheap. It is for these reasons that we should take every step we can to make sure that we can get as much life out of our gloves, booties, paddling jackets, pfds, and whatever we paddle with as we can. Here is a list of 5 things you can do while packing up your stuff to help extend the life of your gear.

Ten Thousand Islands - Paddling in the Ten Thousand Islands Everglades National Park
One of this country’s best kept paddling secrets is nestled down in Florida’s southwestern tip in Everglades National Park. Aptly named, the Ten Thousand Islands and the mangrove estuaries by which they are composed are known for their plentiful wildlife to include manatees, dolphins, otters, birds, and sharks to name just a few. There are a plethora of paddling trails and multi-day canoe and kayak trips that can be explored and enjoyed in this area.

How to Fish from a Canoe
Canoe fishing combines the best of both sports. Here's a guide on how to fish from a canoe.

Whitewater Kayak Playboating Basics
All About the Basics of Playboating. Playboating, as it is called is its own genre of paddling. Half of the fun of whitewater kayaking is horsing around in the waves, holes, eddy lines, and rapids. It’s called playing, because like children on a playground, whitewater kayakers will keep getting in line to surf the same wave, practice the same maneuvers over and over, and do silly things to make their friends laugh.

Different Types of Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Standup paddleboarding is really a platform by which a paddler can do a wide variety of other activities. SUP certainly has appeal for kayakers and canoeists due to the paddling aspect of it. Of course it also is a natural crossover sport for surfers as SUP involves using a surf style board and in its purest form is used to catch waves. However, standup paddleboarding is not only for paddling, surfing, or paddle surfing. There are many other sports that can be done in conjunction with Standup Paddleboarding. Here is a list of 6 sports done on a paddle board.

How to Get Into Whitewater Kayaking
Getting into whitewater kayaking can be a daunting proposition. Here are the things to consider in order to learn to whitewater kayak.

Kayaking During Flooding – Flood Stage Paddling, Kayaking, Rafting, Canoeing
Whitewater kayaking during flooding flood stage conditions is truly a treasured experience for the white water kayaker. Every whitewater kayaker begins to salivate upon mention of rain. It is the mechanism which revitalizes the whitewater boater’s playing field. While emotion is induced as a result of rain, that doubles at the mention of flooding and flood stage conditions. Once again, where most in society would despise the results of flooding, the whitewater kayaker’s experienced is enhanced.

Things to Watch Out for While Kayaking During Flooding
Flood-Stage Whitewater Paddling Safety. Flooding is nature’s way of cleaning out the environment. Everything that is on land near a river or other body of water gets washed into the water. The gist of all of this is that while whitewater paddling during flooding can be a blast, safety must come first. When approached safely, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and rafting during flood-stage conditions is a true gem of an outdoor experience. Page 2.

Rules of the Road for Kayaks - Avoiding Collisions
With the increase in popularity of water sports over the last decade there are more boats than ever before on our shared waterways. Motor boats, personal water craft, and self-propelled boats such as kayaks and canoes are all vying for their respective rights of way. It is therefore crucial that all boaters know and follow the Rules of the Road in order to avoid a collision while on the water and maintain water safety.

How to Choose and Buy a Whitewater Kayak Helmet
This guide will help you navigate your way through the world of setting out to choose and buy a whitewater kayak helmet. Nowadays kayak helmets are made of a variety of different materials and there are different styles and types to choose from.

Whitewater Kayaking Gear Inspection - Check Your Whitewater Gear
Here's a whitewater inspection checklist to help you assess the useful life left in your canoeing and kayaking whitewater gear.Helmets hit off of river bottoms and spray skirts have paddles slamming off of them. Add to that the temperature swings that they go through from warm storage to frigid waters and it doesn't take much to break down the materials and condition of these whitewater canoe and kayak items.

Risk Homeostasis in Kayaking
All about risk homeostasis in kayaking and risk compensation in kayaking.

How to Size Vibram FiveFingers Shoes
Here is my advice on how to properly size your foot for FiveFingers products. recently testing the Maiori and the Signa, two of Vibram’s latest FiveFingers shoes and their own ones made specifically for the water, I learned a few things about how to choose and wear comfortably Vibram’s toe-pocket shoes. Here is my advice on how to properly size your foot for FiveFingers products.

How to Get Started in Standup Paddle Boarding
Standup paddleboarding, SUP for short, is taking the sporting world by storm and is quickly becomming the fastest growing watersport in the U.S. An activity that draws broad appeal from among people who love watersports, fitness sports, and adventure activities, paddleboarding can be enjoyed by people of every demographic, age, and fitness level.

Whitewater Kayaking Playboating Tricks
Here are the basic playboating tricks for kayakers to learn once they have the prerequisites down - surf waves, stern squirt, and the ender.

Whitewater Kayaking - All About Whitewater Kayaking
Everything you need to know about whitewater kayaking. Whitewater kayaking is one of the most exhilarating water sports out there! Seemingly chaotic, paddling in whitewater is actually elegant and can be very controlled as paddlers become more experienced. Learn all you can about whitewater kayaking so you can make the most out of this exciting and rewarding passion.

Canoe and Kayak Gear Repair Items - Paddling Gear Repair and Maintenance
The following kayak and canoe gear repair and maintenance items will help increase the life of your canoeing and kayaking gear. Most of these items can be bought at hardware stores, NRSweb.com, or by doing an internet search for the bolded title.

Supplies to Plastic Weld Your Kayak
The supplies you'll need to plastic weld your kayak on a budget

An Explanation of the Sport of Paddling
This article explains the basic definition of paddling as well as the difference between kayaking and canoeing.

Type III PFD - Definition of Coast Guard Terms
Type III PFD refers to the 3rd level of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) classfication for personal flotation devices. A Type III PFD has traditionally been used to designate a PFD that is designed for inland conditions. This designation is the one that often refer to watersport specific PFDs such as paddling PFDs, kayaking PFDs, canoeing PFDS and Fishing PFDs.

How Perception Kayaks Changed the Kayaking Industry
How Perception Kayaks Changed the Kayaking Industry. Perception Kayaks boasts having introduced more people to paddling than any other kayak manufacturer. This may come as a surprise to those who are more recently familiar with the kayak industry as there are a lot of brands to choose from nowadays. That is however a relatively new phenomenon. In business for over 30 years, Perception Kayaks is the industry recognized pioneer of plastic roto-molded kayaks which makes their claim much more credible.

Know How to Float and Self Rescue While in Whitewater
Know what to do when You fall out of your kayak, canoe or raft. At some point or other, everyone who spends any kind of time whitewater kayaking, canoeing, or rafting will end up out of their boat. It is a during these dangerous scenarios when one must be thoroughly prepared and know how to float, swim, and self-rescue while in whitewater rapids. Remember the overall goal is to get yourself and your gear if possible safely to shore.

Standup Paddleboarding Equipment and Gear List
If you’ve ever thought about getting started in stand up paddle boarding you’ve wanted to know what gear you will need to buy. It should be mentioned here that there are ways to learn to standup paddleboard before you buy any equipment. Of course, that is the best way to figure out what you’ll need and if you’ll even like the sport to begin with. However, it doesn’t hurt to get a little preview of that gear list before you ever take a lesson, go to a SUP shop, or borrow your friend’s equipment. Here’s a quick list of the SUP gear that you’ll need:

Parts of a Standup Paddleboard
Here is the different lingo referring to the parts of a standup paddleboard and their overall function as they relate to the design of the board. While some of the terminology and components are the same as a surfboard there are a few extra components on a standup paddleboard that every SUP paddler should know.

Yosemite National Park Kayaking and Canoeing Info
All about Kayaking and Canoeing the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. But the truth is for paddlers, the canoeing and kayaking in Yosemite National Park is probably the best way to see the most famous sights in the park.

How to Strap a Kayak and Paddle to a Roof Rack
While attempting to strap a kayak to a roof rack can present its own problems, figuring out what to do with a kayak paddle poses its own set of obstacles. Most people try to fit the kayak paddle in their vehicle, scratching the roof, doors, seats, and dashboard in the process. For some reason very few people consider strapping the paddle onto the roof rack along with their kayak. This method keeps the paddle out of the car and lessens the likelihood of damage to interior of your vehicle.

How to Use a Throw Bag in Whitewater to Rescue Paddlers
One of the most important pieces of whitewater rescue equipment to aid swimming kayakers, canoeists, and rafters is a throw bag. A throw bag enables the user to toss the rope to a person who is out of their boat and requires rescue from the river. Throw bags are tossed into fast-moving water and even rapids enabling the swimmer to grab the rope and get pulled to safety. These steps will instruct would be rescuers in the art of using a throw bag in whitewater and swift water rescue scenarios.

Plastic and Fiberglass Standup Paddleboard Differences
Here is a review of some of the factors that will play into the decision on whether to buy a plastic paddleboard or the traditional fiberglass paddleboards.

Lay the Kayak Straps on the Bars of the Roof Rack
The first step in tieing your canoe or kayak down to your car is to lay the kayak straps over each bar. Thread each strap underneath and around each bar and let the kayak straps lay flat against your vehicle.

Securing the Kayak Straps on the Roof Rack
Once the kayak is in position on the roof rack and the straps are laying over the kayak it is time to strap it down. First, ensure the straps are laying flat against the kayak and are not crossed.

Kayak Straps - Roll and Tie the Kayak Straps Up
Keep your kayak straps from flapping in the wind or against the car. Tie them up against the kayak rack.

United States Coast Guard Type IV PFD Definition
Type IV PFD refers to the 4th level of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) classfication for personal flotation devices. Type IV PFDs are carried on boats as a device that can be thrown to a drowning person. These are either the circular rings found on commercial boats or around swimming pools. On recreational motor boats, these take the form of seat cushion style devices. They are not meant to be worn.

How to Strap a Canoe or Kayak to a Roof Rack
Anyone who paddles a kayak or canoe must have a way to transport them to and from the water. Serious paddlers have this fact in mind whenever they make an automobile purchase. While canoe and kayak roof racks can be fitted to virtually any type of vehicle, some manufacturers make it easier than others.

Strapping the Canoe or Kayak to a Roof Rack
Place the kayak on the roof rack. Whitewater kayaks should be put upside-down on the roof rack. Canoes should be centered on the roof rack.

Canoe Roof Rack- Canoe Straps Over the Canoe
This article describes how to bring the canoe straps over the canoe to the other side of the canoe roof rack. If you are using long enough straps you should be able to pull the buckle side of each canoe strap around the front and rear of the vehicle, respectively, to the other side of the canoe roof rack.

Canoe Paddling Basics & Information
This page contains all the information about paddling canoes and about the sport of canoeing.

Kayaking Rules of the Road - The Rules of the Road when Kayaking on Waterways
While kayaking is often a sport participated in to get away from the hustle and bustle associated with solid ground, being out on the water comes with its own set of stressful situations. This is especially true when kayaks and motorboats share common waterways. It is during these times that we paddlers must remember that whatever our opinions, we take a backseat to the other boats on the water. We must therefore know the Kayaking Rule of the Road.

Essential Canoe Gear and Canoe Equipment
This a list of the necessary canoe equipment and gear a person needs to buy when getting started.

Canoe and Kayak Gear Inspection Checklist- Check your Canoeing and Kayaking Gear Checklist
Here’s an inspection checklist for those canoeing and kayaking gear items that you absolutely must have to paddle. Kayak and canoe gear sure takes a lot of abuse. Add to that the fact that paddlers rarely replace their favorite articles of equipment until they absolutely must, and gear can literally be falling apart before we even realize they are far past their useful life.

Kayaking and Canoeing in West Lake Park
Kayaking in Hollywood Florida couldn’t be easier. There is a hidden goldmine of kayaking known as West Lake Park that has easy boat launch access at multiple sites, paddling trails, access to West Lake, and a trail to the Intracoastal Waterway.

When to Kayak Instead of Standup Paddleboard
Here is a list of reasons of when you would want to kayak instead of standup paddleboard. Rather than looking to paddleboarding as replacing kayaking, it should be viewed as a complement to it. There are times when a paddleboard is preferable to a kayak. There are other situations when paddling a kayak is the right tool for the trade.

Olympic Canoe / Kayak Rules and Scoring
The Olympic Canoe / Kayak rules and scoring are derived from the standard international rules as set forth by the International Canoe Federation, or the ICF. The rules and scoring for Olympic Canoe / Kayak are actually very straightforward and self explanatory. The fastest boater wins. Of course there are more specific guidelines which you can read about here. Olympic Canoe / Kayak Rules and Scoring

Canoe Draw Stroke- How to Do the Canoe Draw Stroke
This how-to explains the steps involved in the canoeing manuever known as the draw stroke. The canoe draw stroke, along with the j-stroke, is one of the most important canoe strokes to learn yet most recreational canoeists don't even know it exists. Learning the canoe draw stroke can eliminate the need to switch sides every few strokes as it will help to keep the canoe moving in a straight direction.

What to Expect on a Whitewater River Rafting Trip
Whitewater river rafting is one of those adventure activities that conjures up all kinds of ideas in people's heads. Most people have their own ideas or impressions about what a whitewater river rafting trip entails. Here are some points you may not have considered in preparation for your next (or first) whitewater river rafting trip.

Kayaking Florida's Diverse State Parks
Kayaking Blackwater River State Park is uniquely Florida State Park canoe and kayak experience.

Kayaking Florida's Diverse State Parks
Kayaking the South Florida State Parks is one of the best ways to get out and explore the nature in this southernmost state.

Kayak, Canoe, and SUP Florida's State Parks
A summary of the different areas within the Florida States Park System and the types of canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding found in each.

Can My Kayak Be Plastic Welded
Here's a guide to help you determine if you will be able to plastic weld your own kayak repair.

How to Plastic Weld a Kayak Crack or Thin Spot
How to plastic weld your kayak without fancy equipment.

Different Types of Kayaks and Kayaking
Kayaking means different things to different people. To some it conjures up ideas of serenity, peace, and leaving cares aside. To others the word kayaking evokes imagery of adventure and excitement. It can be fast paced or laid back and everything in between. As varied as the paddlers themselves, kayaking is really a sport for all ages, abilities, and preferences. Here is a list and explanation of some of the different types of kayaking.

The United States Coast Guard PFD Specifications
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has developed their specifications and criteria for approved personal flotation devices or PFDs as they are known.

Olympic Canoe - Kayak Events Definition
Begin to understand the intricacies of the Canoe / Kayak events and how they are executed in the Olympic Games.

What Is an Eddy? - Kayaking Definition
An

All About Kayaking and Canoeing the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run
Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run put-ins, take-outs, paddling distances, and times.

Wekiwa Springs State Park Kayaking Information
All the information to kayak and canoe from Wekiwa Springs State Park including driving directions, rentals, put-ins, and take-outs.

Wekiwa Springs State Park Canoeing and Kayaking Trips
Description of the different kayaking trips out of Wekiwa Springs State Park.

SUP instead of Kayak - When to Paddleboard Instead of Kayak
Here are the main reasons and situations when you’ll want to SUP instead of kayak. Standup paddleboarding has taken the outdoor world by storm. Almost anywhere you find water you’ll see people seemingly walking on it via their SUPs. As this watersport gains in popularity it leaves many wondering whether they should pick up kayaking or paddleboarding. Many kayakers are thinking of making the switch themselves or at least looking to try it out.

Plastic Kayaks - How Plastic Changed the Sport of Kayaking
The importance of plastic to the paddling and specifically kayaking industry cannot be overstated. While there have been many innovations in kayak design over the years, there has been perhaps no greater advancement in the paddling industry than the introduction of plastic rotational molded kayaks. Kayaking would not be what it is today without plastic. Plastic kayaks has forever changed the sport of kayaking

Adirondack Whitewater - Whitewater Kayaking in New York NY State
The Empire State has it all. There’s broadway, The Statue of Liberty, great pizza, and great whitewater paddling. I’m sure when most people think of the State of New York, whitewater paddling is the furthest thing from their minds. However, its true. New York is a great whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and rafting state. Whether down toward the Catskill Mountains or up near Canada in the Adirondack Mountains, NY has some great seasonal and year round whitewater kayaking.

Canoe and Kayak Launch Sites - Kayak and Canoe Launch Site Etiquette
Without canoe and kayak launch sites much of the waters that are paddled would otherwise be inaccessible. While many of the paddling launches are on public lands, there are a lot of right-of- ways firmly located adjacent to private property. It is therefore no surprise that water accessibility is routinely threatened due to the interests of private and commercial land owners. Here are five things to watch out for in and around paddling launch sites.

All About Paddling in Yosemite National Park
Rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and floating the Merced River is an unforgettable way to see the Yosemite Valley, providing participants with breathtaking views of Halfdome and Yosemite Falls as the river winds its way down.

Whitewater Kayak Safety Rescues - Learning Kayak Safety Rescue Manuevers
Due to the obvious dangers inherent in whitewater kayaking, it is essential that whitewater kayakers know a number of different safety and rescue maneuvers very early on in their paddling careers. As a person’s whitewater skills develop that so does their proficiency in performing these whitewater kayaking safety rescues.

2012 U.S. Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak Team
The United States Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak team has both familiar and new faces filling their 5 spots for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Here's some interesting facts to help you get to know our our men and women who earned the right to represent the red, white, and blue in London. Go U.S.A.!

All About Kayaks
Here are some articles to help you sift through the different considerations when looking to buy a kayak. Things like choosing a kayak, plastic verses composite kayaks, the benefits of plastic kayaks, and the different whitewater kayak brands are discussed.

How to Choose a Kayak Hatch
Here are some guidelines to help you choose a kayak hatch to install on your sit-on-top or other plastic kayak.

How to Cut a Hole to Install a Kayak Hatch
Instructions on how to cut a hole in a kayak in order to install a kayak hatch.

How to Install a Kayak Hatch
Step-by-step instructions on how to install a kayak hatch into a sit-on-top kayak.

Florida Kayaking - Kayaking in Florida
Florida was built for kayaking! Learn all about the coastal, inland, islands, rivers, canals, and springs paddling here.

Georgia Canoeing and Kayaking
You can use this page as your guide to find the perfect Georgia canoe or kayak destination to fit your needs.

How to Repair Damage to Plastic Kayaks and Canoes
Here are some guidelines on how to repair each type of plastic kayak and canoe damage that are typically occur over time.

To Buy Solo or Tandem Kayak
This is a guide on whether to buy a tandem kayak or a solo kayak.

Watch Out for Strainers and Undercut Rocks When Whitewater Kayaking
All about the dangers whitewater kayakers face in strainers and undercut rocks.

Unexpected Injuries When Whitewater Kayaking
How to avoid the overlooked health risks of ankle injuries and broken bones while whitewater kayaking.

The Point 65n Rum Runner Modular SUP
The Point 65n Run Rummer Modular SUP, its advantages, disadvantages, and other paddleboarding information.

How Sit-On-Top Kayaks Changed the Face of Paddling
This article outlines the history of how sit-on-top kayak changed the face of paddling.

Modular Kayaks by Point 65n
The Point 65n Modular kayak is the most versatile

Kayaking at North-South Lake State Park in the Catskill Mountains, NY
Hikers, campers, and nature lovers have all flocked to the Catskill Mountains for hundreds of years and continue to this day. Nestled away, yet at the hub of all of this activity is North-South Lake Campground. Most well known for its hikes and expansive views of the Hudson Valley, the Lakes for which this park is named are an obvious draw and a wonderful place to kayak, canoe, or paddleboat.

Kaaterskill Creek Class V Kayaking in the Catskill Mountains
Here’s some brief information on whitewater kayaking Kaaterskill Creek in Palenville, NY in the Catskill Mountains. Kaaterskill Falls in New York’s Catskill Mountains is one of the most spectacular mountain waterfalls in all of the state. Every whitewater kayaker that has driven up toward the falls has no doubt salivated as they followed Route 23A along Kaaterskill Creek. The drops, boulder gardens, ledges, and waterfalls get the adrenaline pumping and the heart pumping just to look at. The question that every whitewater boater not familiar with Kaaterskill Creek inevitably wonders is whether or not its runnable.

Vibram FiveFingers Maiori Review for Whitewater Kayaking
Here is my assessment and review of how the Vibram FiveFingers Maiori performed under testing, specifically while kayaking, paddleboarding, and creekwalking.

FiveFingers Signa Review Summary - Testing the Signa for Kayaking and SUP
Here are the summary details of my testing of the Vibram FiveFingers Signa for kayaking and standup paddle boarding. FiveFingers Signa is Vibram’s answer to the paddler’s foot protection needs. It is the lightest and most breathable offering in the FiveFingers product line and one I was very interested in checking out.

Kayak Backwards - Learn the Kayaking Backstroke
Kayak Backwards – Learn the Kayaking Back StrokeThere are times while kayaking when the paddler will need to paddle backwards. Of course the kayaker could turn the kayak around or do a spin maneuver, but the kayaking backstroke when executed properly is much more efficient. Here are the steps to performing the kayaking back stroke.

The Suwannee River in Big Shoals State Park
White Springs, Florida is the home of a very popular stretch of the Suwannee River shortly after it enters the state from Georgia. A significant portion of the surrounding land is managed and protected by the Florida State Forest System. The state also does a great job with visitor education as is evidenced by the sign.

The Suwannee River is a Blackwater River
The Suwannee River is a classic Florida Blackwater River. Page 2.

Kayaking at Big Shoals State Park on the Suwannee River
Kayaking at Big Shoals State Park on the Suwannee River. Page 3.

The Put-In Path to Kayak Big Shoals on the Suwannee River
Once in the Big Shoals State Park it is quite easy to find the path to the put-in. Its just a short walk down to the put-in from the parking area. Page 4.

Big Shoals - Big Shoals Suwannee River Paddling Water Levels
The Water Levels for kayaking and canoeing the Big Shoals rapid on the Suwannee River in White Springs, FL. Page 5.

Big Shoals Overlook - Big Shoals State Park Overlook
The Big Shoals Overlook on the Suwannee River. Hike a mile and a half down the path to check it out if you wish to scout Big Shoals before kayaking down to it. Page 6.

Canoe Paddle Materials - How Materials Affect Canoe Paddle Performance
Here are some things to consider with regard to a canoe paddle’s performance as it relates to materials. Canoe paddles are a crucial yet overlooked item of canoeing gear. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much to them. There’s a grip, a shaft, and a blade. Canoe paddles are made of aluminum and plastic, wood, or composites.

Paddling Rainbow Springs - Kayaking and Paddleboarding The Rainbow River
This paddling guide will focus on canoeing and kayaking the Rainbow River from the headwaters at Rainbow Springs State Park down to Dunnellon, Florida. Rainbow Springs is Florida’s forth largest spring and feeds the Rainbow River. While most of Florida’s springs feed blackwater rivers, the Rainbow River is its own source without other tributaries entering the river. This allows the Rainbow River to have extremely high visibility, up to 150 feet, showcasing a variety of colors from bright reds and yellows to deep greens and blues, hence the name.

Rainbow Springs Rules - Rainbow River Kayaking Rules and Watch-Outs
Here is a list of rules, regulations, and watch-outs to read before canoeing, paddleboarding, or kayaking the Rainbow River from Rainbow Springs.

Whitewater Scouting - How to Scout a Whitewater River
Here is a guide for whitewater kayakers, canoeists, and rafters alike on how to scout a whitewater river. Scouting enables whitewater kayakers and canoiests the ability to paddle rivers that are above their ability.

Catch a Whitewater Wave - Catching and Surfing a Whitewater Wave By Kayak
How to catch and surf a whitewater wave by kayak. For new paddlers, it is the catching of the wave that poses the first problem and main obstacle to surfing the wave. Catching a whitewater wave is a combination of knowing where and how to enter it and paddling into it with the required amount of force. Here is some guidance on how to catch a whitewater wave while kayaking.

Learn to Sea Kayak - All About Sea Kayaking
Here are the different topics to read to learn to sea kayak and all about sea kayaking. Sea kayaking is one of the purest forms of the sport, involving all aspects of kayaking technique, balance, gear, danger, safety, navigation, and maneuvers. Sea kayaking involves paddling in unprotected bodies of water, usually the ocean, where navigation techniques must be employed and safety rescues must be mastered. If there is a progression toward this genre of kayaking it would be recreational kayaking, then touring kayaking, and finally sea kayaking. Here are the different topics to learn about to get into regarding sea kayaking.

Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights: Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights (8+) Men’s Past Medalists
Guide to the Olympic Medal results for the Men's Rowing Coxed Eights, eight with coxswain (8+) race. See how the men did over the years and learn who the gold, silver, and bronze men's medalists were along with their corresponding countries.

Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights: Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights (8+) Men’s Past Medalists (1940 - 1972)
Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights: Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights (8+) Men’s Past Medalists (1940 - 1972). Page 2.

Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights: Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights (8+) Men’s Past Medalists (1976 - 2008)
Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights: Olympic Rowing Coxed Eights (8+) Men’s Past Medalists (1976 - 2008). Page 3.

River Feature Definitions
The anatomy of a river can be complex and confusing. This page will guide you through the different terminology that is used to describe the various river features.

Technique & Maneuvers
Kayak and canoe maneuvers sure have funny names. Most of them sound made up. Well, actually they are. This page will guide you through the paddling jargon that describes the different techniques we use on the river.

Types of Boats
There are many different types of boats that fall under the category of

International Canoe and Kayak Locations
This page features articles and information about paddling canoes and kayaks in different locations around the world.

Parts of a Kayak- Kayak Anatomy and Parts
This page contains definitions and explanations regarding the anatomy of a kayak, accessories and parts that attach to kayaks, and other related kayak gear.

Paddling Associations & Clubs
Associations and clubs are a great way to get the latest information about your sport, to meet people with similar interests in your area, and to show support for the activities that you love. On this page you will find information regarding the various paddling associations, clubs, and organizations.

Photo Galleries of The Rapids of the Bottom Moose River
The Bottom Moose River of Upstate New York is one of the most awesome Class V rivers in the Northeast. Here are photo galleries of kayakers paddling each of the major rapids on the river.

Canoe and Kayak Lessons and Tutorials: Learn To Canoe / Kayak Lessons and Tutorials
Learn To Canoe / Kayak Lessons and Tutorials

Surf Kayaking: All About Surf Kayaking
Surf kayaking is a great crossover sport for those whitewater kayakers out there. Surf kayaking also offers some distinct advantages over traditional surfing. These article addresses the benefits of surf kayaking as it relates to whitewater kayaking and traditional surfing.

Kayak Helmet - The Anatomy of a Kayak Helmet
One of the most important articles of kayak gear a whitewater kayaker will buy is a whitewater kayaking helmet. While most kayak helmets are purchased based on price or on style, very few are bought due to their features. The first step in knowing what to look for in a kayak helmet is knowing the parts that make them up.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle Because it's Fun!
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle Because it's Fun! Page 10.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle to be Close to Nature
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle Canoes and Kayaks. Paddling is a great way to be close to nature. This picture shows just how close one can get. Page 2.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle for Adventure
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle. Paddle for Adventure. Adventure can be found in any type of paddling. Page 3.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle for Relaxation
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle. Paddle for Relaxation. There are not many activities that are more relaxing than sitting in a canoe or kayak and observing a sunset. Page 4.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle as a Part of Another Activity
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle. Paddle as a part of another activity like fishing, scuba diving, or camping. Page 5.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle to be with Friends
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle to be with Friends and develop a bond that will last forever. Page 6.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle to Race and Compete
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddle to Race and Compete. Page 7.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: To Stay Cool in the Summer
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: To Stay Cool in the Summer one should consider the refreshing paddling of canoes and kayaks. Page 8.

Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddling is a Sport for All Ages
Top 10 Reasons to Paddle: Paddling is a Sport for All Ages. Page 9.

Paddle Float - Blow Up Paddle Float
At this point you have flipped your kayak over and have located the paddle float. You are still connected to the kayak by your leg and the paddle float is secured onto the paddle. You will now want to blow up the float. Inflate the paddle float by blowing into the valve. As with the previous step you should know how your particular paddle float inflates and how the valve operates. Practice this on dry land. Once firmly inflated, ensure that the valves are closed so that air will not leak out. Page 4.

Paddle Float Self Rescue - Locate the Paddle Float
After wet-exiting the kayak and grabbing a hold of it, it is time to flip the kayak back over. It really depends on the kayak to determine the easiest method to flip it back over. Some kayaks spin easily from the bow. Others can be flipped over at the cockpit. Once it is flipped back over locate your paddle float and take it in your hands. It is for this very reason that your paddle float should be stored securely on the deck of the kayak. Page 5.

Paddle Float Self Rescue - A Step-by-Step Tutorial and Image Gallery on how to self-rescue using a Paddle Float
This image gallery gives a step-by-step look at how to properly use a paddle float to reenter and bilge out a flipped kayak. Page 2.

Paddle Float Self Rescue - A Step-by-Step Tutorial and Image Gallery on how to self-rescue using a Paddle Float
This is a step you should practice out of the water. Each paddle float will slide and secure onto the paddle blade in a different way. Some paddle floats slide over the blade and blow up on both sides of the blade. Others only blow up on one side of the blade. Be sure to read the instructions for your kayak paddle float so that you know how your particular model works. You want to make sure to place the float on the blade in the correct orientation prior to blowing it up. Page 3.

Overnight Canoe and Kayak Trip on Coldwater Creek in the Florida Panhandle Photo Gallery
Nestled in the Blackwater State Forest almost three hours west of Tallahassee, the Coldwater Creek features narrow clear waters, sandy bottoms, narrow turns, and white beaches along its shores. Coldwater Creek is the perfect destination for an overnight canoe or kayak trip offering seclusion, serenity, and adventure all packed into one great paddling experience. Page 4.

Overnight Canoe and Kayak Trip on Coldwater Creek in the Florida Panhandle Photo Gallery
Nestled in the Blackwater State Forest almost three hours west of Tallahassee, the Coldwater Creek features narrow clear waters, sandy bottoms, narrow turns, and white beaches along its shores. Coldwater Creek is the perfect destination for an overnight canoe or kayak trip offering seclusion, serenity, and adventure all packed into one great paddling experience. Page 2.

Overnight Canoe and Kayak Trip on Coldwater Creek in the Florida Panhandle Photo Gallery
Nestled in the Blackwater State Forest almost three hours west of Tallahassee, the Coldwater Creek features narrow clear waters, sandy bottoms, narrow turns, and white beaches along its shores. Coldwater Creek is the perfect destination for an overnight canoe or kayak trip offering seclusion, serenity, and adventure all packed into one great paddling experience. Page 3.

Ten Thousand Islands - Sandfly Island Paddling Loop
Ten Thousand Islands - Sandfly Island Paddling Loop. Page 2.

Kayaking in the Ten Thousand Islands - Kayak Trails in the Ten Thousand Islands
Exploring by kayak in the Ten Thousand Islands. There is a seemingly infinite number of kayak trails and islands to explore while kayaking in the Ten Thousand Islands area of Florida. Whether its a quick day trip you're after or a week long excursion, kayaking outside of Everglades National Park in this area known as the Ten Thousand Islands will be right up your alley. Page 4.

Sandfly Island - Kayaking the Sandfly Island Paddling Loop
Kayaking the Sandfly Island Loop is a great introduction to Ten Thousand Island paddling. The Sandfly Island Paddling Loop begins at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center of Everglades National Park, across Chokoloskee Bay, through the mangrove islands, and back across the bay to the visitor's center. This whole paddling trip is about 5 miles long and takes around two and a half hours in a kayak. There is also a hiking trail on Sandfly Island. Page 5.

The Loxahatchee River Dam 1 - Kayaking over the Dam on the Loxahatchee River
Florida's only designated Wild and Scenic River, the Loxahatchee, is a true paddling gem. After about of a mile from the put-in, paddlers will come to the first of two dams on the Loxahatchee River. While easily runable by canoe or kayak, it can be a shallow landing that could cause damage to boats. Page 2.

The Loxahatchee River Dam 2 - Canoeing Over the Second Dam on the Loxahatchee River
Florida's only designated Wild and Scenic River, the Loxahatchee, is a true paddling gem. After paddling over the first dam on the Loxahatchee River, the canoeist or kayaker will come to a second dam after about a half mile. This drop is a little higher and much deeper than the first. Portage on the right if you are a bit leary of running it. Otherwise, you can paddle up pretty close to the dam to see where you'd most like to go over it. Believe it or not, many paddlers end up in the drink on this one. Page 3.

Catch a Wave: Catch a Wave While Surf Kayaking
Being able to catch a wave while surf kayaking is sure to make our surfer friends jealous. It is rather easy to paddle out to the best waves and get into the perfect position to catch a wave. When a swell approaches you need to decide if it is a wave you will want to surf. If you decide to catch the wave, once it has you use your rudder and body position to slide across or down the face of the wave. Page 6.

Hang Ten: Hang Ten Surf Kayaking
Hang Ten: Hang Ten Surf Kayaking. Surfers aren't the only ones who can hang ten. When kayaks surf waves, the bow of the kayak definitely rides out in front and above the water. The same weightless feeling accompanies a kayak as it glides down the face of the wave as does a surfer doing the same. Water sports at its best! Page 7.

How to Launch from the Beach: Surf Kayaking Launch from the Beach
A paddler's main concern when surf kayaking is figuring out how to launch from the beach. Being able to get into your kayak and paddle through the waves in order to surf them can be a daunting task. Before getting into your kayak survey the ocean. Find the best place to launch your kayak from the beach. Get into your kayak and begin to paddle. Look for an opportunity to paddle around, in between, or over the waves. Page 2.

Ocean Kayak Surfing Waves: Ocean Kayak Surfing Waves in Vero Beach
Ocean kayak surfing offers thrills at every stage of catching and surfing a wave. There is a certain exhiliaration to the instant when you feel the wave take hold of your kayak. There is yet another seperate sensation to sliding down the face of the wave and outrunning the breaking thunder of the water behind you. Here you see the wave after it has already broken and the surf kayaker is riding out the froth toward the shore. Page 8.

Surf Kayaking Requires Patience
Whatever the endeavor, the ocean must be respected. Surf kayaking requires patience. Look for your opportunity to paddle out. Don't force your way through the waves. Wait for a lull in the waves or seek to paddle around them. Page 3.

The Bottom Moose River
This photo gallery contains images from the famed Moose River in Old Forge (upstate), NY. Pictures include Agers Falls, Fowlerville Falls, Crystal Falls, Double Drop, Powerline Rapid, Sureform Rapid, Diamond Splitter, and Knife's Edge Rapid. Page 7.

Surf Kayaking: Surf Kayaking Into and Over a Wave
Surf Kayaking Into and Over a Wave.It is inevitable when surf kayaking that there will be cases when you cannot escape an impending wave. One thing is not an option in these cases and that is to sit and do nothing. Unless the wave is rather small, you want to avoid allowing it to break right on top of you when surf kayaking. It is during these times that you will have to decide to try to paddle over it or to turn and surf it it in even though you are not in the optimal position. Page 5.

Paddle Over Waves: Surf Kayaking Paddle Over a Wave
Paddle Over Waves: Surf Kayaking Paddle Over a WaveWhen getting into position to surf waves in the ocean it is often necessary to paddle over a wave or two. They often appear to rise up out of no where and can seem like they are impossible to kayak over. Don't be afraid, kayaks can practically paddle straight up the face of these waves. Paddle hard, up, and over the wave. Page 4.

Photo Gallery of Whitewater Kayaking Down Crystal Falls on the Bottom Moose River Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of Whitewater Kayaking Down Crystal Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 5.

Photo Gallery of Whitewater Kayaking Down Crystal Falls on the Bottom Moose River Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of Whitewater Kayaking Down Crystal Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 7.

Photo Gallery of Double Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate, New York
Photo Gallery of Double Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate, New York. Page 4.

Photo Gallery of Knife's Edge on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of Knife's Edge on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 5.

Photo Gallery of Knife's Edge on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of Knife's Edge on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 3.

Photo Gallery of Knife's Edge on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of Knife's Edge on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 2.

Kayaking The Bottom Moose River: Diamond Splitter
The Bottom Moose River: Kayaking Diamond Splitter. This photo gallery contains images from the famed Moose River in Old Forge (upstate), NY. Pictures include Agers Falls, Fowlerville Falls, Crystal Falls, Double Drop, and Knife's Edge Rapid. Page 2.

The Bottom Moose River
This photo gallery contains images from the famed Moose River in Old Forge (upstate), NY. Pictures include Agers Falls, Fowlerville Falls, Crystal Falls, Double Drop, and Knife's Edge Rapid. Page 6.

Photo Gallery of Whitewater Kayaking Down Crystal Falls on the Bottom Moose River Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of Whitewater Kayaking Down Crystal Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 2.

Photo Gallery of Diamond Splitter on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate, New York
Photo Gallery of Diamond Splitter on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate, New York. Page 4.

Photo Gallery of Diamond Splitter on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate, New York
Photo Gallery of Diamond Splitter on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate, New York. Page 2.

Image Gallery of Fowlerville Falls on the Moose River
Image Gallery of Fowlerville Falls on the Moose River. Page 3.

Photo Gallery of Agers Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate New York
Photo Gallery of Agers Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate New York. Page 7.

Photo Gallery of Agers Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate New York
Photo Gallery of Agers Falls on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate New York. Page 3.

Photo Gallery of whitewater kayaking on Powerline Rapid on the Moose River in Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of whitewater kayaking on Powerline Rapid on the Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 3.

Photo Gallery of whitewater kayaking on Powerline Rapid on the Moose River in Old Forge, New York
Photo Gallery of whitewater kayaking on Powerline Rapid on the Moose River in Old Forge, New York. Page 2.

Photo Gallery of Kayaking Surform Whitewater Rapid on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate New York
Photo Gallery of Kayaking Surform Whitewater Rapid on the Bottom Moose River in Upstate New York. Page 5.

C-1 Olympic Canoe/Kayak Maneuvers Action Image
Nico Bettge and Jan Benzien of Germany perform C-1 Canoe/Kayak Maneuvers. Page 4.

K-1 Slalom Olympic Canoe/Kayak Action Image
Laura Blakeman of Great Britain competes in the K-1 Slalom Event Page 5.

Aerial View of the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park
Aerial View of the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park Page 6.

Junior Women's Quad Sculls
China and Italy compete in the Quad Sculls (4x) Rowing event at the FISA World Junior Women's Rowing Championships at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Center in Beijing, China. Page 5.

Women's Lightweight Double Sculls
Lisa Schlenker and Stacey Borgman compete in the Lightweight Double Sculls at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Page 4.

Mahe Drysdale Single Sculls
Mahe Drysdale competes in the semifinals of the 2008 FISA World Cup Single Sculls (1x) event held in Lucerne, Switzerland. Page 6.

The United States men's (8+) rowing crew competes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The United States men's (8+) rowing crew competes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Page 3.

Men's Coxless Pair (2-)
Ted Murphy and Sebastian Bea of the United States compete in the coxless pair (2-) at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Page 2.

The Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on the outskirts of Beijing, China
The Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park on the outskirts of Beijing, China. Page 4.

Rowing at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Center
This is a photo of the Quad Sculls (4x) event at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Center during the

Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park of Beijing, China
This photo gallery features pictures of the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park of Beijing, China. Page 6.

Laura Blakeman of Great Britain competes in the K-1 Slalom Event
Laura Blakeman of Great Britain competes in the K-1 Slalom Event at the Shunyi Shunyi Olympic Canoe-Rowing Center in Beijing, China. Page 3.

Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park
A view of the rapids in the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. Page 2.

Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park of Beijing, China
Rapids on the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park of Beijing, China. Page 5.

Crystal Falls of the Moose River in Upstate NY
Crystal Falls of the Moose River in Upstate NY. Page 8.

Double Falls on the Moose River
Double Falls on the Moose River. Paddling. Page 4.

Kayak Tracking - Defintion of Kayak Tracking or Tracks
Tracking refers to the ability of a kayak to move in a straight direction. A kayak that

Definition of Protected Water
Definition of Protected: Water water that is not subject to waves, currents, or other dangerous environmental features.

Definition of Sea Kayak
Definition of Sea Kayak: a long and narrow kayak that is paddled in the oceans or lakes for often extended periods of time. The paddler sits inside of a sea kayak. Sea kayaks often contain storgage compartments and other accessories to accomodate gear.

Definition of Tandem Kayak
Definition of Tandem Kayak: a kayak that is made to be paddled by two people.

Type V PFD - United States Coast Guard Type V PFD Definition
Type V PFD refers to the 5th level of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) classfication for personal flotation devices. Type V PFDs are intended for specific activities and must be used in accordance with the specifications on their labels. Some of the features that may be included in these devices is hypothermia protection, inflatable portions, and work vests.[/

Empty a Kayak - How to Empty a Whitewater Kayak that is Full of Water
There are a few different ways to empty a kayak that is full of water. This how-to addresses how to empty a whitewater kayak that has been water logged.

Hand of God - Hand of God Kayak Rescue
The Hand of God kayak rescue is used when a person is upside down in his or her kayak and is not making any progress toward getting out of the kayak or rolling the kayak back up. This could be due to them being unconscious in the boat, having an injury preventing them from exiting the kayak, or due to panic in the kayak. Here are the steps to doing the Hand of God kayak rescue maneuver.

Stuff a Throw Rope Bag - How to Pack a Throw Rope Bag
Throw rope and rope bags are essential pieces of safety gear for whitewater kayakers, canoeists, and rafters. Once a throw bag is deployed, whether to rescue a swimmer or just for practice, it is important that the safety rope is properly packed back in the rope bag. Follow these steps for instructions how to stuff and pack a throw bag.

Kayak Paddle: Definition of a Kayak Paddle
A kayak paddle is an implement used to propel a kayak through the water. Kayak paddles have two blades and a shaft.