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Dos and Don’ts of Safe Spring Kayaking

kayakers practicing spring safetySpring is in the air, the ice is starting to melt and for many paddlers that means its time to get back in the water. But spring weather can be unpredictable, and you may be out of practice if it’s been a while since your last kayaking or canoeing trip. Heading out too early, ignoring the weather or paddling beyond your abilities, can be extremely dangerous. So before you pull your kayak or canoe out of storage and head out for the first time this year, let’s make sure we all stay safe out there and review some spring kayaking and canoeing safety tips.

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Accessories for Beginner Kayakers

kayaker with gear for kayakingWhen beginning a new sport or hobby figuring out exactly what equipment and accessories are needed can be difficult. There are tons of different kayaking accessories out there, some are very universal where others are specific to a certain type of kayaking. But as a beginner, it can be difficult to sort through all of them to determine which ones you really need, which ones would be nice to have, and which ones can wait until you have more experience. Here we are going to go over some typically non-essential kayaking equipment, but equipment that would be helpful to have, especially in the case of an emergency.

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Essential Equipment for Beginner Kayakers

kayaker with lifejacket & paddleStarting a new sport or hobby can be an exciting adventure, but also confusing a one if you are truly are a beginner. Many first-time kayakers wonder exactly what equipment and accessories they will need. Here we’ve put together a list of essential gear every kayaker should have.

Essential Kayaking Equipment

Before you hit the water, this is a list of must have kayaking accessories and gear to make sure you stay safe on your trip on the water.

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How to Care for Your Kayak After Storing it all Winter

person caring for kayakIt’s never too early to start thinking about your first kayaking outing of the season. And with spring right around the corner, it’s almost time to get your kayak out of storage and back in the water. With a little prep work, your kayak will be good to go as soon as the weather warms. From storage to water, here’s what you need to know about getting your kayak out of long-term storage.

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Why Proper Kayak Storage Matters

proper kayak dock storageOwning your own kayak can be a wonderful but costly investment. It’s important to protect your investment with proper storage. If you don’t, you could be leaving your kayak susceptible to damage and deformity.

When a kayak is stored incorrectly it can cause damage and deform or distort the boat’s hull. It is important that the weight is distributed evenly when a kayak is stored. This is especially important for extended storage during the fall and winter.

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Cold Water Safety Tips: How to Survive an Icy Dip

Kayak enthusiasts know that this water sport provides a great workout for the entire body and mind. Not only does kayaking provide a great workout, but it gets you outdoors and spending time outside under the sun.

Many passionate fitness lovers are incorporating kayaking into their exercise routine for its benefits. While you may enjoy kayaking simply for the adventure and ability to experience life on the water, you’re still getting a great benefit.

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Why Kayaking is Great Exercise

Kayak enthusiasts know that this water sport provides a great workout for the entire body and mind. Not only does kayaking provide a great workout, but it gets you outdoors and spending time outside under the sun.

Many passionate fitness lovers are incorporating kayaking into their exercise routine for its benefits. While you may enjoy kayaking simply for the adventure and ability to experience life on the water, you’re still getting a great benefit.

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Kayaking in Cold Weather

Why would anyone want to kayak in colder weather?! For the hardy folks, fall or winter kayaking can lead to incredible views, less crowded areas, and an experience like no other. If you’re not afraid to paddle in minus a few degrees, you might find you truly enjoy cold weather kayaking.

Before heading out, make sure you dress properly for the lower temperatures and double-check any weather updates before you go. Beyond that, we share our best tips to prepare and enjoy cold kayaking. Learn the top tips for cold water paddling for a safe and enjoyable experience that you’ll want to share with everyone.

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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…

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