How to Go Kayaking

Articles: 5

Never kayaked before? No problem: It's easy to get started. We'll help you get acquainted with your boat, teach you how to launch and land, and provide instruction on basic strokes. All that, plus we give you a printable checklist so you don't find yourself on the water without your paddling essentials.

  • A woman paddles her kayak on a lake


    How to Kayak: The Basics

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

  • A woman stands in the water with her kayak preparing to launch it


    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.

  • An aerial view of two kayakers on a beach preparing to launch their kayaks


    Kayaking Checklist

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