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  1. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Kayak Paddles

    Choose the right kayak paddle for your height, boat width and stroke style. Plus, get tips on materials and designs.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 1032 reviews
  2. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Accessories

    Adding accessories to your stand up paddle board can make a day on the water more comfortable and fun. Learn what to look for.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  3. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Kayak for Fishing

    Fishing by kayak opens new opportunities to chase fish. Learn what to look for as you choose a kayak for fishing.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 3 reviews
  4. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

    Are you looking to buy your first stand up paddleboard? Use this article to get started.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 1572 reviews
  5. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Car Racks

    You invest time and money in the right gear for your adventures. Make sure that equipment gets to its destination safely with the right car rack.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 20 reviews
  6. Buying Guides

    What to Wear Kayaking

    Changing clothes while in a kayak on the water isn’t easy. So, clothing choices on the shore are key. We offer proven strategies and tips.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 43 reviews
  7. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Athletic Swimsuits

    It’s not hard to find active swimwear that is both functional and flattering. Get tips on what to look for when choosing men's and women's swimsuits.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 27 reviews
  8. Buying Guides

    How to Choose SUP Paddles

    A good SUP paddle is one that is light enough to minimize fatigue while tough enough to handle rough conditions. Learn how to choose.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 170 reviews
  9. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Canoe Paddles

    This overview of canoe paddles helps you choose the correct length and fit. Includes info on materials, blade shape, grips and shafts.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 77 reviews
  10. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Kayak

    Not all kayaks are created equal. Learn what to consider when choosing between recreational, touring, inflatable or folding kayaks.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 960 reviews
  11. Buying Guides

    How to Choose PFDs (Life Jackets)

    Learn to choose a PFD that works best for paddling, including tips on sizing, fitting, standard vs. inflatables and more.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 289 reviews
  12. Buying Guides

    How to Choose and Use Sunscreen

    Learn how to use sunscreen to guard against UV radiation. Topics include ingredients, SPF, UVB, UVA, broad spectrum, and water resistance.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 212 reviews
  13. Buying Guides

    Paddling Safety and Rescue Gear

    Learn about the basic safety equipment you should have on board when paddling your favorite waterways.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 84 reviews
  14. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Kayak Spray Skirt

    To decide which spray skirt is right for you, first consider materials and design and then make sure you get a proper fit.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 152 reviews
  15. Buying Guides

    How to Choose a Canoe

    Learn the differences in canoe designs and what features and materials to look for so you can choose the boat that best suits your needs.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 321 reviews
  16. Buying Guides

    What to Wear for Cold-Water Paddling

    Paddling in cold weather or cold water requires added protection. This guide covers wetsuits, drysuits and other clothing accessories.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 118 reviews
  17. Buying Guides

    How to Choose PFDs (Life Jackets) for Kids

    Learn how to choose the best size, fit and type of PFDs for kids before you head out on the water.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 94 reviews
  18. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Cartop Boat Mounts

    Learn the options for loading your kayak or canoe on top of a car using a roof rack plus attachments or simple foam blocks.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 41 reviews
  19. Buying Guides

    How to Choose Kayak Accessories

    Accessory gear can make kayak outings easier, more comfortable and more fun. We cover accessories worth considering and offer buying tips.

    rated 3.75 out of 5 with 5 reviews
  20. Skills

    How to Train for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Learn basic exercises to strengthen you for stand up paddle boarding (SUP). In this article you’ll also find a simple workout plan and training tips.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 6 reviews
  21. Skills

    Paddling Guidelines

    Learn the basics of paddling excursions, including tips on safety, communication and general guidelines for traveling in a group.

    rated 5 out of 5 with 4 reviews
  22. Skills

    Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga Basics

    Doing yoga on a stand up paddle board is a wonderful way to experience nature while increasing balance and focus. Learn how to get started.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 71 reviews
  23. Skills

    How to Read a Tide Table

    Learn how to read a tide table to know the best time to explore tide pools, dig for clams, anchor your boat or beachcomb for shells.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 24 reviews
  24. Skills

    How to Do a Kayak Self Rescue

    If you capsize while paddling alone, you can get back into your boat via a self rescue. Check out our video and article for the basic steps.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 23 reviews
  25. Skills

    Parts of a Kayak: Understanding Your Boat

    The names of many kayak parts are easily understood; others, not so much. Our handy visual guide shows you what’s what and what’s where.

    rated 4.75 out of 5 with 82 reviews
  26. Skills

    Getting Started Kayaking

    Learn kayak basics including paddling techniques, methods for launching your kayak and essential equipment recommendations.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 372 reviews
  27. Skills

    Kayaking with Kids

    Kayaking with kids may seem like a daunting proposition, but our tips will help you and your kids have a great time on the water.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 111 reviews
  28. Skills

    How to Paddle a Kayak: Basic Strokes

    With a few simple strokes, you can move your kayak forward, turn it and slow it down. Our article and video give you the basics.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 153 reviews
  29. Skills

    How to Launch and Land a Kayak

    Every kayak trips starts with a launch and ends with a landing. Learn basic steps for shore and dock put-ins and take-outs.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 43 reviews
  30. Care and Repair

    Canoe Storage

    This article offers tips for storing your canoe properly, including steps to protect it from sun and weather damage, as well as theft.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 92 reviews