How to Go Kayaking
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.
Getting Started Kayaking
Learn kayak basics including paddling techniques, methods for launching your kayak and essential equipment recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
This comprehensive checklist for a day of kayaking includes required and optional gear, clothing, accessories and repair-kit items.