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  1. 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 1544 reviews
  2. 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 994 reviews
  3. 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 930 reviews
  4. Skills

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Basics

    This article covers the basics of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and includes info on essential gear and basic techniques on the water.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 567 reviews
  5. 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 357 reviews
  6. 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 298 reviews
  7. 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 276 reviews
  8. Checklists

    Kayaking Checklist

    This comprehensive checklist for a day of kayaking includes required and optional gear, clothing, accessories and repair-kit items.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 259 reviews
  9. Checklists

    Canoe Multiday Touring Checklist

    This comprehensive checklist for canoe multiday touring includes required and optional gear, clothing, accessories and repair-kit items.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 233 reviews
  10. Skills

    Transporting Your Kayak or Canoe

    Learn the basics of securing your kayak or canoe to the top of your vehicle for transport. Get tips on loading, tying down and driving.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 220 reviews
  11. 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 205 reviews
  12. 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 166 reviews
  13. Skills

    Packing Your Boat

    Read all about how to pack a canoe or kayak for proper trim and gear access; then check out our diagrams of where to place items by weight.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 157 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 147 reviews
  15. 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 144 reviews
  16. Care & Repair

    Kayak Storage

    Learn how to store a wood, fiberglass, or plastic kayak (indoors or outdoors) so that it's protected from weather, theft and deterioration.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 132 reviews
  17. 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
  18. 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 107 reviews
  19. Skills

    How to Paddle a Paddle Board: Basic Strokes

    Using a SUP paddle properly makes a world of difference. This article covers how to size and hold a paddle, and 5 essential SUP strokes.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 99 reviews
  20. Care & 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 89 reviews
  21. 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 89 reviews
  22. 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 78 reviews
  23. 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 4.5 out of 5 with 77 reviews
  24. Skills

    Falling Off and Getting Back on a Stand Up Paddle Board

    Everyone falls off a paddle board at some point. This article and video teach you the right way to fall off a SUP and how to get back on.

    rated 4 out of 5 with 74 reviews
  25. 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 73 reviews
  26. 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 69 reviews
  27. Checklists

    Canoe Day Touring Checklist

    This comprehensive checklist for a day of canoeing includes required and optional gear, clothing, accessories and repair-kit items.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 66 reviews
  28. Skills

    How to Transport a Stand Up Paddle Board

    Learn the basics of securing your SUP to the top of your vehicle for transport. Includes information on carrying, lifting and tying down.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 51 reviews
  29. Checklists

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Checklist

    Use our printable checklist to make sure you have all your stand up paddle board gear, including safety items.

    rated 4.25 out of 5 with 49 reviews
  30. Skills

    How to Launch and Stand Up on a Paddle Board

    Learn the right way to launch your stand up paddle board from a beach or dock, and get tips on standing up and staying balanced.

    rated 4.5 out of 5 with 48 reviews