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Articles by Tom Watson

Bracing Stokes

Bracing provides support while leaning your kayak: 1) more aggressive boat handling during turns; and 2) i…

Loading/Unloading Your Boat

From a safety standpoint, sustaining injury to loaders or damage to your boat/vehicle are major critical c…

Primary/Secondary Stability

The “stability” of a kayak refers to two distinct and inter-related aspects of how steady/stable the kayak…

Paddling Footwear

Protecting your feet from cold and abrasive/rough surfaces are the two primary functions of paddling footw…

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…