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Articles by Tom Watson

Paddle Floats - Self-Rescue/Re-Entry

A paddle float aid is a critical self-rescue/re-entry tool for the lone kayaker. When used as an “outrigge…

Life Jackets - Proper Sizing & Fitting

Adhering to the fundamental safety rule that a lifejacket should always be worn when out on the water, ens…

How to Make the Most of Pool Sessions

Mention “pool session” and the first image that pops into most kayakers minds is a class in how to roll. For w…

How To Repair A Kayak

One of the considerations for deciding which type of material you want your kayak to be made from (wood/rotomo…

Types of Kayak Materials

Ranging from casual recreational crafts to sleek racers to bomb-proof whitewater and other rec’ boats, the o…

Lifesaving “Fireworks”

By general definition, a visual distress signal can be anything that draws attention to your location in an em…

Kid's Life Jackets

Of all the safety gear used by those who enjoy on-water sports, none should be scrutinized more than the famil…

Tags: Safety, PFD, kids

A Kayaker’s Spring Checklist

I remember the anticipation of the spring thaw when I could finally get out on the water again after a long, c…

Tags: Kayak, maintenance, storage

Life Jackets in the New World Order

Tom Watson reviews some of the changes that are in store for defining “Life Jackets” and “PFDs”? It’s called “…

Tags: PFD, Safety, gear

Magical Moments: Kayaking Alaska

I learned to sea kayak in Alaska, in the waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Kodiak Island. From glass smo…

Tags: destination, Alaska, kayaking

Base Layer Basics

Our skin is our body’s largest organ, the ultimate “base” layer of protection.  It only makes sense then …

Tags: Clothing, Kayak, canoes

Compactible Gear for Paddlers

I had just spent what seemed like hours painstakingly loading my kayak at McCargoe Cove, Isle Royale. We had h…

Tags: Canoe, Kayak
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