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Articles by Tom Watson

Emergency/Ditch Kits

First, of critical importance: If you don’t have your emergency kit/gear on you, you DON’T have it! Carry …

Being Seen at Night

The options available to add running lights to a kayak involve several factors including what type of ligh…

Staying Visible by Day

When it comes to being visible in your kayak, the color of your boat and PFD play a critical role in how e…

Group Paddling

Whether it’s a corp of seasoned, experience-hardened paddlers or an extended flotilla of friendly casual p…

Paddling Solo

While the motivation for a kayaker to venture out alone is individual and personal, taking proper precauti…

Float Plan Tips

What an itinerary is to a traveler, a “Float Plan” is to a paddler embarking on an extended kayak trip - o…

Confronting Obstacles While Paddling

River obstacles are serious hazards on any waterway - from placid, slow-moving streams to raging, multi-cl…

Reading Rivers

Driving a car safely involves much more than merely focusing only as far ahead as the taillights of the ca…

Deploying a Throw Line

Casting out a rescue throw line, either contained within a Throw Bag or gathered in coils requires an unta…

How to Coil a Throw Rope

Throw ropes are a critically important “life line” in certain rescue situations where approaching the padd…

Painter/Bow Lines

A painter line is simply a rope tied onto the bow of your boat. It is usually attached to a deck loop inst…

Hand Signals for Kayaking

Whether it’s passing information along a raging river channel, across a wide expanse of ocean or conveying…