The Uncalculated Risk is the first film in an excellent whitewater safety series produced by the American Red Cross in the late 1970's. It's noteworthy for not sugarcoating the hazards, and it pulls no punches in laying out the fastest ways to get yourself killed in whitewater sports.

Watch as Ken Whiting, world champion kayaker, puts his paddling skills to the test as he trades in his kayak for a lesson in whitewater canoeing.

For many years I've been an avid sea kayaker who resisted the temptation to dehydrate my food before any given trip. Why? Simply because, as many among us, I was led to believe that it was a long, complex, difficult task that was messy, unsafe and, more importantly, did not yield palatable results.

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Looking for first tourer/ocean (Coastal) kayak. I have knocked it down to the Sitka and Castine 140/145.

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[San Jose, Costa Rica] - Join for a majestic 8-day escape kayaking one of the few tropical fjords in the world, experiencing the most abundant exotic flora and fauna as you paddle the calm, warm waters of the Golfo Dulce.

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If you've ever pondered the question, "If I were stranded alone on a desert island, what would I most want to have with me?", now is the time to give it some serious consideration.

Learn about tidal streams and how they affect you when kayaking. This short clip helps you to learn about how to best plan for tidal streams.

It's been a while, but the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE sale is back! Now is the time to stock up on the latest paddling shirt designs. Valid on ALL shirts!

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Mike Spr - Platte River, Upper Michigan

Each week a winning photo will be selected from the many pictures that have been submitted by paddlers around the world!

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The quality of your tarp and the skill of erecting one is more crucial on a trip than a tent. Learn a few pointers regarding rain tarps for camp.

Once you've inflated your SUP a time or two with the manual pump, you realize that's the most exhausting part. So unless you want the extra workout, it would be a big step up to consider an Electric SUP Pump.

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I missed my spring camping trip this year due to COVID-19, so I was bound and determined to do something this fall.
A nice view of what a flooded tandem Rec kayak looks like. Both paddlers were wearing PFDs. Fortunate to have the tour boat come by.
I am currently car-topping a pair of kayaks, 12’ and 14’, on a roof rack equipped with Malone Seawings.
We are planning on selling this car and buying a pickup truck, this fall/winter.

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Sawyer Paddles has been based in Talent, Oregon for 33+ years. They were fortunate, but their local community needs our help after the devastating wildfires.

Should you tie everything into your canoe when you run rapids? Or should gear be allowed to float free in a capsize?

Paddling alone means dealing with surprises alone. This Point of View account shows the importance of paddling with a partner.

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by Paul Barnard
Paddlers often wonder what equipment they are required to have. From life jackets to flares to radios, let's discuss what is both required and recommended.

This Point Of View account of the decisions made prior to an outing visibly shows the importance of why you should never paddle while impaired.

Are you familiar with the 3 basic paddling strokes? Watch the video and take the quiz to find out!

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Before you go out on your next paddle think about what seaworthy means as it applies to your kayak and yourself.

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This Point Of View account of the decisions made prior to an outing visibly shows the importance of always dressing for immersion.

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