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

    Skills

    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 detail shot of the stern of a kayak sitting in the water with the rudder in the un-deployed position

    Skills

    Parts of a Kayak: Understanding Your Boat

    155 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars

    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.

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

    Skills

    How to Launch and Land a Kayak

    86 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars

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

  • A woman paddles a kayak on a lake

    Skills

    How to Paddle a Kayak: Basic Strokes

    248 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars

    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.

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

    Checklists

    Kayaking Checklist

    406 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars

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