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Choose from dozens of online how-to articles and videos from REI's vast pool of outdoor knowledge. Share your knowledge, too! Top paddling topics:

  1. How to Choose a Kayak
  2. Paddling Strokes
  3. How to Choose a PFD
  4. Paddleboarding Basics
  5. Wet Exits/Rescues
  6. Packing Your Boat
  7. Transporting Your Boat
  8. Launching a Kayak
  9. How to Choose a Canoe
  10. How to Choose a Car Rack

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Go out with great paddling gear, come back with great stories! REI has kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, clothing and accessories for all your water adventures.

Kayakers, look no further for sea kayaks, touring kayaks, sit-on-tops or inflatable kayaks–you'll find a wide variety right here. Add a kayak paddle, spray skirt, bilge pump and paddle float to round out your gear.

Canoeists, you'll find your top-brand canoe for swift-water rivers and flat-water lakes alike, and canoe paddles for paddlers of all sizes.

Caught the paddleboarding bug? Check out our full line of stand up paddleboards and stand up paddles by the top brands. We even carry snorkel masks and fins for more fun in the water.

Before you push off the shore, be prepared for the unexpected: outfit your crew with our large selection of PFDs for men and women and kids. We even have life vests for dogs. And be sure to carry safety equipment and essentials such as paddle floats, bilge pumps, paddle leashes and strobe lights, dry bags, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Expecting chilly water or weather? You'll be protected from the elements with wetsuits, dry suits, rashguards, paddling gloves and booties for men, women and kids.

Now that you've got your paddling gear, you need a way to get it to and from the water. Choose from a variety of car roof racks with canoe and kayak carriers to get your boat there and back safely. And get your boat from the car to the shore with the help of a rolling kayak cart.

But we don't just sell paddling equipment–we help you put it to use. Check out our dozens of paddling articles and videos online, kayaking classes through the REI Outdoor School and paddling trips with REI Adventures. Exchange ideas and tips with the REI community, too!

At REI you'll find top-rated and top-selling paddling gear, plus plenty of sale and clearance deals and bargains.

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