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Best Kayaking Apps


The last thing a novice Kayaker wants to think about while peacefully paddling along the water is their phone. Yet, there are benefits to bringing a smartphone to make the journey stress-free. You can silence your notifications and bring your phone along for these benefits!

Why use an app? There are many things to consider before hitting the water. Important factors such as safety, knowing where you are going, what the weather forecast is, how to plan the trip and how you will document your excursion. While the phone can be a distraction in daily life, it can also we used as a tool to keep your trip safe and fun.

Here are our top five smartphone apps for kayaking.

Meet the Top Five Kayaking Apps

1. Polaris GPS

This free app helps people find the best way to get somewhere with a built-in GPS compass and a magnetic one. While hiking, camping, kayaking, and more, this easy-to-use app is excellent for altitude, speed, and direction. There is no account setup or subscription required. The record system and free marine navigations make it fantastic for kayak use. Download on Google Play.

2. Paddle Ready

Designed by the American Canoe Association (ACA) for expert and novice paddlers to maximize fun and safety on the water, this free app is a must-have. Before you head into the water, use this app to make sure you are prepared with the right knowledge, equipment, and support in place.

This app also includes weather conditions for river, tidal, ocean, and flatwater paddling environments. Search for an ACA instructor or course nearest to you, search for boating organizations and offices by state, paddle safety checklists and safety and rescue how-to-videos. Download from the Apple Store.

3. AccuWeather

Before heading out on the water, you need accurate weather information. This free app helps users keep prepared for any sudden changes in weather with live alerts! You’ll have accurate information including; UV index, visibility, allergy, air quality, and more detailed reports. Daily snapshots provide cloud cover, UV index, and RealFeel Temperature technology. The app is especially helpful in notifying you of severe weather which may affect your kayaking trip. Download from the Apple Store or from Google Play. 

4. Journi

Are you looking for a great way to capture your trips offline and then share on social media with photos, notes, maps, and sync across all your devices? This free app is the answer!

The app lets you upload multiple photos at once and let Journi build your story automatically and group by time and location. You can save photos for free with four times higher resolution than on Instagram, or upgrade to Premium to save your full-size photos. Back-up your Journis to Dropbox and Google Drive. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.

5. Tides Near Me

Before paddling on the ocean, check out the tides and how it might affect your trip. This free app tells the user the time of the last and next tide and current, as well as when the sun and moon will rise or set. Fully automated tide tables, charts, and predictions. Intuitive, fast access to nearest tide station and current tide conditions.

The up-to-date tidal information is provided from over 5,500 tidal stations in the US, UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and India. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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