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Education Corner
February 2020


 
"The Real Problem With Kayak Rudders"
"I came up in the world of sea kayaking. Every single one of the paddlers I wanted to be when I grew up were firmly set against rudders. As a younger man, I was steeped in the ways of rudder hatred... In the intervening years, I’ve paddled some fine ruddered kayaks and most of the criticisms have fallen by the wayside..."
Complete story: Paddling Magazine 
 
"The Secret To Successful Paddling Trips"
"The problem with planning is the overwhelming list of shit we don’t know. What is the water level? How hard are the rapids? Planning starts with the assumption that you can forecast the future with a high level of certainty. The number of extremely predictable situations in everyday life is decreasing, not to mention the variables which make paddling rivers, lakes, and oceans so rewarding. Even the best-laid plans will get you only so far..."
Complete story: Paddling Magazine 
 
"How To Save Our Wild Places From Being Loved To Death"
"With an increasing number of people paddling in wild places, it makes following leave no trace principles even more critical. And because today’s popularity spikes are so often tied to social media, some adventurers have suggested adopting an eighth leave no trace principle: consider the potential impacts rapidly increased use can have on wild places and to be mindful of when posting images to social media..."
Complete story: Paddling Magazine 
 
"What Happens If I Flip?"
"Paddlers often say that we're all "between swims." Flipping is always a possibility, and if you end up in the water paddlers call that swimming. There are many ways to get back in a kayak. With practice, you can do some of these on your own, and some require the help of a buddy. We're going to quickly demonstrate a few different methods for getting back into a kayak..."
Complete story: Paddling.com 
"Canoe Capsize and Recovery In Under a Minute"
"Learn a fast, efficient and stable way to re-enter your canoe after flipping over in deep water..."
Complete story: Paddling.com 
 
"From Log to Canoe Paddles with Hand Tools"
"Watch two friends create canoe paddles from a downed tree with only hand tools! The process is both extremely difficult and relatively simple. Do you think you could make one?"
Complete story: Paddling.com 
 
"Parts Of A Canoe: Can You Name Them All?"
"Whether you are completely new to canoeing or an enthusiastic novice who wants to brush up, knowing all the parts of the canoe will make you a more knowledgeable paddler. It will also help you make better decisions when purchasing a new or used canoe and provide a foundation for you to learn from..."
Complete story: Paddling Magazine 
 
"10 Essentials For Your Next Canoeing Epic"
"You can’t be mentally prepared for a canoeing epic until you’ve got all the right gear together. Most of the packing list is remarkably similar whether you’re paddling away for a four-day weekend or for the summer. Knowing what gear you need to be comfortable, happy and safe on the water can put your mind at ease..."
Complete story: Paddling Magazine
 
"How to Edge and Balance a Kayak"
"By changing how you edge and balance your boat you can increase your stability and adaptability. Using your weight to balance has many benefits that can help you stay safer and potentially drier on your next paddling trip..."
Complete story: Paddling.com 
"Basic Canoe Safety"
"You'll be happy to hear that canoeing is one of the safest outdoor activities that you can do. Nonetheless, there's still some basic principles to ensure you stay safe..."
Complete story: Paddling.com