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“Living” With Kids on Boating Trips

Tips for making boating trips with kids enjoyable for all.

Skills & Tips

12 Reasons To Start Paddling

A reprint from Canoe & Kayak Magazine on the many reasons for getting on the water.

Skills & Tips

A Paddler's Dictionary

A reprint from Canoe & Kayak Magazine on many boating terms.

Skills & Tips

ABCs of PFDs

PFD selection and Coast Guard Approval Ratings for PFDS

Safety

Adventure Medical Kits from NRS

Medical supplies grouped together in clear, resealable waterproof bags. Medical kits made specifically for camping, backpacking, and paddling

Safety

AIRE Inflatable Kayak Foot Brace Kit Installation Instructions

Instructions for installing AIRE Inflatabel Kayak foot braces.

Maintenance & Repair

Aquaseal/Cotol Instructions

Learn to repair your neoprene spray skirt, neoprene or HydroSkin apparel or gaskets with Aquaseal.

Maintenance & Repair

Avoiding Foot Entrapment

Description of this common hazard and how to avoid it.

Safety

Backcountry Food Handling and Hygiene

Tips on avoiding food and hygiene related illness.

Skills & Tips

Balancing Game: Yoga Therapy

River runner and yoga teacher Andria Davis explores the mind-body connection and how it can help us recover from injuries.

Skills & Tips

Basic Terminology for Raft & Cataraft Features and Accessories

Basic Terminology for Raft & Cataraft Features and Accessories

Skills & Tips

Boaters and Dehydration

Body fluid loss can lead to serious consequences. How to recognize it and prevent it.

Skills & Tips

Boating Safety for Infants & Small Children

Tips on safely taking your kids boating.

Trip Planning, Safety

Boating Safety's Five Golden Rules

No matter what kind of boating activity you participate in, these five “golden rules” will go a long way toward ensuring that your trips on the water end safely.

Safety

Boating with an Outfitter

Reasons for choosing an outfitter for your next outdoor adventure.

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

Camping Tips

Camping tips for boaters.

Skills & Tips

Carlson Barrel Pump Maintenance Information

Shop NRS for toluene, clifton and urethane adhesives for raft repair, inflatable boat repair, wet suit repair hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

Maintenance & Repair

Cataraft Frame Anchor System

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Cataraft Rowing Frame Features

Find information about features and accessories for NRS modular cataraft frames. Learn how to determine the right length and width for your NRS frame.

Skills & Tips

CGear Sand-Free Multimat: Tame the Sand Monster

An amazing product that keeps sand where it belongs.

How To Choose

Choosing Oar Length

"What length oars do I need for my boat?" is one of the most common questions we get. It's a difficult question to answer simply. We've developed this chart to help you with this decision.

How To Choose

Clifton Hypalon Adhesive Gluing Instructions

Learn to patch or add d-rings, footcups, or carry handles to your Hypalon raft with clifton hypalon adhesive

Maintenance & Repair

Clifton Urethane Adhesive Gluing Instructions

Learn to fix a tear or hole in your PVC raft or cataraft.

Maintenance & Repair

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog

A weblog or blog from a Grand Canyon river trip.

Trip Planning

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog: Community Gear List

A weblog or blog from a Grand Canyon river trip.

How To Choose, Trip Planning

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog: Personal Gear List

A weblog or blog from a Grand Canyon river trip.

Trip Planning

Cold Water Protection and Hypothermia

Walbridge on the dangers of hypothermia and how to protect yourself.

Safety

Cold-Water Layering

Layers allow you to add and remove pieces to match changing conditions, and help your body maintain a safe, comfortable temperature. These layers fall generally into three categories: base layers, insulating layers and outer layers.

How To Choose, Safety

Coming Back Is Mandatory

Learn the limits of your skills and equipment and stay safe.

Safety

Cooler Fit List - Igloo Coolers for NRS & AIRE inflatable boats

Find out which Igloo Marine Ultra coolers will fit with specific NRS Otter Livery series, Otter series, Sport series, Expedition series, catarafts and AIRE rafts and catarafts.

How To Choose

Don't Boat Without Number Two

The importance of wearing a life jacket (PFD) when boating.

Safety

Dry Bag Closure Instructions

Recommended Dry Bag Closure Instructions

Skills & Tips

Dry Drowning Revisited

Dry drowning can occur on the water and on land. Learn more about it.

Safety

Dry Drowning, by Walt Bammann

An important safety article on laryngospasm ("dry drowning")

Safety

Dry Drowning: An Update

Excellent feedback from readers about this important boating safety issue.

Safety

Educate Yourself and Trust Your Judgment

Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.

Skills & Tips

Equipping Your PFD for Rescue

Experienced rescuers equip their life jackets with pulleys, prussics, crib sheets, carabineers and other essential items.

Safety

Fall Boating Safety

Your cold season gear has probably been stored away. Its time to get it out and inspect it to make sure its ready to go.

Safety

Feedback on the Dry Drowning Article

Reader feedback on the Dry Drowning article

Safety

File a Boater's Trip Plan

Trip Plan form can help rescue personnel find you.

Safety

Finding Swiftwater Rescue Classes

When things do go wrong, only boaters with swiftwater rescue training can effectively help themselves and others.

Safety

Fishing Frame Additions and the Sporty Cat Frame

New NRS fishing and cataraft frame improvements.

How To Choose

Fitting Molded Oar Sleeves and Oar Rights

Preventing slipping of Molded Oar Sleeves and Oar Rights.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

Flexseal Tube Sealant

Learn to repair small leaks in inflatable tubes.

Maintenance & Repair

Frame Basics

Choosing a raft or cataraft frame.

How To Choose

Frame Instructions: Alley Cat Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Bighorn I

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Bighorn II Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Casting Platform

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Cat Fish Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Cataraft Frame Aluminum Floor

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Compact Outfitter Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Deluxe Footbar

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Fat Cat

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Frame Passenger/Angler Seat Mount

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Longhorn Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: NRS Cooler Mount & NRS Dry Box Mount

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: NRS Top Cat Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Raft Fishing Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Raft Frame Anchor System

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Slant Seat Stern Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Sport Cat Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Stern Raft Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Stern Seat Mount Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: Universal Frame

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Frame Strap Guide

Learn how many and what length straps you will need to strap your NRS raft or cataraft frame to your NRS raft or cataraft.

How To Choose

Frame Strap Guide

Learn how many and what length straps you will need to strap your NRS raft or cataraft frame to your NRS raft or cataraft.

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

Fueling the Fires Within

Nutrition needs for cold weather boating.

Skills & Tips

Gear Checklist – Camping Gear

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Fishing Gear

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Inflatable Boats

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Kitchen

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Personal Camping Necessities

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Rafting Apparel

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Rafting Apparel

Personal Checklists by Tobias Schunck.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Rafting Trip Gear

Boat Checklists by Tobias Schunck.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklists

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Storage Ideas

Gear Storage Ideas Gear Storage Ideas; Putting your boating gear away until next weekend, or next year, there are steps you should take to protect your investment.

Maintenance & Repair

Halkey-Roberts Valve Types

Information about the different types of Halkey-Roberts valves.

Maintenance & Repair

Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species

How to prevent the spread of harmful organisms in our waterways.

Skills & Tips

High-Water Safety Guidelines

Boating safely in high-water conditions.

Safety

High-Water Wisdom

High-water brings more dangers to your boating. Learn tips to avoid them.

Safety

How Much Risk Should Boaters Take?

Life is about balancing risk and reward, and so is boating.

Safety

How Sun Protection Works

Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.

Skills & Tips

How to Boat and Camp with Perishable Foods

Excerpt from Camp Cooking: Eating Well in the Wild

Trip Planning

How to Catch a Throw Bag

Rescue instructor Jim Coffey shows how to catch and position a throw rope to place minimum strain on you and the on-shore rescuer.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and help you choose the right life jacket so youll be comfortable wearing it the entire time youre on the water.

How To Choose, Safety

How to Choose Your First Raft or Cataraft

Things to consider when buying your first raft or cataraft.

How To Choose

How to Clean and Store Your Inflatable Boat

Step-by-step video instructions for cleaning and storing your inflatable.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Do a Preseason Raft Inspection

Better to find problems with your boat in your garage than on the river! Here are some tips for inspecting your raft or cataraft to make sure it's ready for the season.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Extend Your Boating Season

Moving from summer boating to cold-weather adventures requires new knowledge and preparation. This article lays out the steps to take to extend your boating season.

How To Choose, Safety

How to Find and Fix Inflatable Boat Valve Leaks

How to troubleshoot and fix boat inflation valve leaks.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Fix a Pressure Relief Valve in a Raft or IK

Tips on fixing a leaky PR valve on your raft or IK.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Fold an Inflatable Boat for Storage

In this video, the NRS Repairs crew gives you the tips and techniques to minimize stress on seams and materials by showing you how to fold an inflatable boat for storage.

Skills & Tips

How to Inflate and Deflate Cataraft Tubes

Tips for inflating and deflating cat tubes and preventing damage to baffles.

Skills & Tips

How to Inflate Your Raft

Tips on proper raft inflation techniques.

Skills & Tips

How to Install D-Rings and Footcups

NRS Repairs shows you the best ways to install D-rings and footcups and permanently glue them to Hypalon-, PVC- and urethane-coated materials

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

How to Maintain Your NRS Barrel Pump

Cleaning and lubricating the NRS Barrel Pump

Maintenance & Repair

How to Make a Flip Line

Also called a "guide belt," this piece of webbing and locking carabiner make a valuable boater's tool. Whether you're kayaking, rafting or canoeing you'll find multiple uses for this easy-to-build webbing sling.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Make a Shallow Water Crossing

Rescue Instructor Jim Coffey describes techniques that an individual, or a group of rescuers, can use to safely and efficiently perform a shallow water crossing.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Organize Straps

Keeping your NRS straps organized will save you a lot frustration.

Skills & Tips

How to Patch a Hypalon Boat

Video with step-by-step instructions for Hypalon repair.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Prepare for Medical Emergencies When Boating

Preparing for emergencies and first aid training.

Safety

How To Prevent Boating Injuries

Body conditioning, proper technique and equipment prevent injury.

Safety

How to Prevent Heat Loss

Four heat loss mechanisms and how to protect yourself.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Put on a Drysuit

We share a few tips for easily donning this most protective piece of cold-water boating apparel.

Skills & Tips

How to Quickly Coil a Throw Rope

Knowing how to quickly coil your throw rope for a second toss is an essential swiftwater rescue skill. Heres a trick to help you make a fast, tangle-free second throw.

Safety

How to Repair a Worn Spot on a Raft

Using Aquaseal to cover a worn spot on a raft or cataraft.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair an Oar or Paddle Blade

Repairing a broken oar blade with G/flex Epoxy.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair and Replace a Military Valve

In this video NRS Repairs goes over all the steps for repairing and replacing military valves, including replacing a boot.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair Leafield C7 Valve

Replacing the plunger, spring and rubber seal is a snap on the Leafield C7 Valve

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair PVC and Urethane Boats

In this video, the NRS Repairs Department goes over the step-by-step process for Repairing Boats finding the leak, preparing the surface of the patch and boat, applying the glue and rolling on the patch

Maintenance & Repair

How to Replace a Cataraft Nose Cone

This video shows you how to replace a cataraft nose cone if its in need of repair due to a nose cone leak.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Replace a Raft Valve

Here we show you how to replace a raft valve, using a doughnut patch to cover the incisions you make to remove the valves inner piece.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Restuff a Rescue Throw Bag

The proper way to repack rope in your throw bag.

Safety

How to Roll a Strap for Storage

In this Quick Tips video, we show you how to roll your straps for tidy storage.

Skills & Tips

How to Seal an NRS Dry Bag

The simple steps to get a watertight dry bag seal.

Skills & Tips

How to Stay Warm When Boating

Team paddler shares winter warmth advice.

Safety

How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot

The Tautline Hitch - a great boater's knot.

Skills & Tips

How to Tie the Figure 8 Knot

Demonstrating the tying of the versatile Figure 8 Knot.

Skills & Tips

How to Toss a Throw Bag

The rescue throw bag is an important tool for any whitewater boater. In this video, rescue instructor Jim Coffey shows the best techniques for accurately getting the rope to the swimmer.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Understand River Flows

Understanding river flows

Safety

Hypalon Repair Instruction

Learn how to make repairs to your Hypalon raft or cataraft tubes or your Hypalon raft floors. hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

Maintenance & Repair

Identifying Inflatable Boat Material

How to identify the type of material in your inflatable boat

Maintenance & Repair

Inflatable Boat Cleaner

An easy-to-use cleaner for both PVC and Hypalon® inflatables. Dirt, white oxidation, and diesel smudge will easily dissolve.

Maintenance & Repair

Inflatable Boat Material & Valve Reference Chart

Reference chart used to determine the correct material, glue and valves to use when repairing a boat from a specific manufacturer.

Maintenance & Repair

Inflatable Repair Adhesives Guide

In this video, Josh from NRS Repairs shares an inflatable repair adhesives guide to help you understand when to use such glues as Clifton Hypalon, Shore, Stabond, Clifton Urethane, Vynabond and G/flex Epoxy

Maintenance & Repair

Instructions: NRS Spare Oar Keeper

Shop NRS for toluene, clifton and urethane adhesives for raft repair, inflatable boat repair, wet suit repair hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

Skills & Tips

Instructions: NRS Strap Slides

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

Skills & Tips

Instructions: Oarlock with Stainless Springs

Shop NRS for toluene, clifton and urethane adhesives for raft repair, inflatable boat repair, wet suit repair, hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking and Rafting Boat Launch Map

A map to hundreds of boating launch sites.

Trip Planning

Kicking the Cooler Habit

Lacey Anderson has a solution for you lightweight, nutritious meals that require no refrigeration. Heres a tale of her outfitting a 10-person group for an eight-day trip.

Trip Planning

Kid Safety

Safety tips for taking kids boating.

Safety

Kids and Nature

Outdoors education for the young people in your life.

Trip Planning

Know the Ropes

Technical details of rope materials and construction.

Safety

K-Pump Valve Fit Adapter

An inexpensive K-Pump adaptor.

Skills & Tips

Leafield B7 and A7 Valve Repair

In this Quick Tips instructional video, the NRS experts show you how to repair your Leafield B7 and A7 valves quickly and easily.

Maintenance & Repair

Leafield Valves

Information about the different types of Leafield valves.

How To Choose, Maintenance & Repair

Leave No Trace, Please

NRS is partnering with Leave No Trace for the month of May. Donate today and well match your contribution.

Skills & Tips

Lend Me Your Ear - About Kayaker's Ear

What you need to know about this serious boater health hazard.

Safety

Let's Stop the Senseless Loss of Life

This helps reinforce the need to wear life jackets, especially when boating in cold water.

Safety

Military Valves

Information about the different types of Military valves.

How To Choose, Maintenance & Repair

Modular Frame Facts 101

NRS frame materials and how theyre assembled.

Skills & Tips

Modular Frame Part Dimensions

Specifications for raft and cataraft frame construction, including measurements and composition.

How To Choose

Multiday Raft Trips

Tips for multiday raft trips

Trip Planning

Multiday Rafting Trips

Tips for multiday raft and cataraft trips.

Trip Planning

New Technology for NRS Frame Parts

The NRS Frame System is simply the most adjustable and adaptable system on the market; and we think it's the best. When technology came along that would allow us to improve it, we jumped at the chance.

How To Choose

NRS - Inflatable Boat Spec Chart

Detailed sizing information about NRS Otter Livery series, Otter series, Sport series, Expedition series NRS Catarafts, NRS Inflatable Kayaks, AIRE Carafafts, Inflatable Kayaks, and Rafts, and Riken Rafts and Inflatable Kayaks.

How To Choose

NRS & AIRE Inflatable Boat Rowing Frame Sizing Guide

Learn which NRS raft or cataraft frames fit best on specific NRS rafts or catarafts and AIRE rafts and catarafts.

How To Choose

NRS Fishing Frames

Fishing Frame Setup for Rafts and Catarafts

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

NRS Hot-Forged LoPros and Oar Mounts

Now with hot-forged LoPro Fittings and Oar Mounts, the NRS frame system also become lighter, stronger and sharper looking.

How To Choose

NRS HydroLock Dry Bags

NRS has new waterproof dry bags.

How To Choose

NRS Inflatable Boat & SUP Guide

Specifics on NRS E-series, Otter series, Otter Livery series, NRS catarafts, NRS Patriots, NRS SUP Boards and NRS Inflatable Kayaks.

How To Choose

NRS inflatable boat rowing frame sizing guide - Pre-September 2005

Learn which NRS raft or cataraft frames fit best on specific NRS rafts or catarafts and AIRE rafts and catarafts.

How To Choose

NRS Inflatable Boat Use and Care Instructions

Learn how to properly care for your raft, cataraft or inflatable kayak. Information about mounting a frame to your raft or cataraft, cleaning instructions and some repair information.

Maintenance & Repair

NRS Inflatables Pre-2006

Specifics on pre-2006 era NRS E-series, Otter series, Otter Livery series, NRS catarafts, and NRS Inflatable Kayaks.

How To Choose

NRS PFD Hydration Pack Instructions

How to fill, clean and sanitize the hydration bladder. Also, directions for attaching it to your life jacket and using the accessory straps to wear it when hiking, running or biking.

Skills & Tips

NRS Raft and Inflatable Boat Rowing Frame Features

Find information about features and accessories for NRS modular raft frames. Learn how to determine the right length and width for your NRS frame.

How To Choose

NRS Repair Department

We'll repair your latex drysuit or drytop gaskets and raft pumps.

Maintenance & Repair

NRS Shore Adhesive Cold Gluing Procedures

Shop NRS for toluene, clifton and urethane adhesives for raft repair, inflatable boat repair, wet suit repair hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

Maintenance & Repair

NRS Side Rail Racks

A great new addition to the NRS Frame System

NRS Straps

See the different tie-down straps used to hold down raft frams, rafting gear and camping equipment.

Skills & Tips

NRS Suggested Boat Repair Facilities

Each of the following repair locations do minor and major repairs on Pennel Orca, Hypalon & PVC boats.

Maintenance & Repair

Outdoor Trips Close to Home

Hints and links for finding outdoor fun closer to where you live.

Trip Planning

Overcoming Fear

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

Safety

Overcoming Fear - New Boaters

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

Skills & Tips

Pennel Orca Boat Material

Pennel Orca® - Superior inflatable boat material

How To Choose

Pin and Clips vs. Open Oar Locks: Oar Sizing Information

Inflatable boat rowing oar length options. Pin and clip vs. open oar locks.

How To Choose

Preparing for Cold-Season Boating

How to outfit yourself for cold water boating protection.

Trip Planning, Safety

Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Quick Guide: G/flex Epoxy Adhesive

Guide to uses of this great repair adhesive.

Maintenance & Repair

Quick Guide: Rubber Boat Repair Adhesives

Helping you choose the best glue for Pennel Orca®, Hypalon®, and other rubber boats.

Maintenance & Repair

Quick Guide: Temporary Field Boat Repairs

Temporary repairs that can get you home.

Maintenance & Repair

Quick Guide: Urethane and PVC Boat Adhesives

Helping you choose the best glue for urethane and PVC boats.

Maintenance & Repair

Raft & Cataraft Frame Instructions

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

How To Choose

Raft, Cataraft, Inflatable Kayak and SUP Board Valves

Replacement valve types for rafts, catarafts and inflatable kayaks.

Maintenance & Repair

Rafting Put-in Safety Talk

The basics of a good put-in safety orientation for rafters.

Safety

Rescue Bag Basics

Basic instructions on using a Rescue/Throw Bag.

Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 10: Foot Entrapment Intro

Rescue for River Runners, swiftwater rescue instructor Jim Coffey introduces techniques for assessing foot entrapment situations and formulating a plan to assist the victim.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 3: Swiftwater Swimming

Swimming efficiently in whitewater, or swiftwater swimming, is essential for self-rescue, rescuing others and building your kayaking, rafting and canoeing confidence.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 4: Throw Bag Techniques

This video covers throw bag techniques including throwing,safely bringing the swimmer to shore, how to brace so you dont get pulled into the water, and how to catch and hold the rope if youre the swimmer

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 5: Victim Contact Techniques

This video covers victim contact techniques for safely paddling, swimming and wading out to the victim

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 6: The Rescue Harness

This video shows you how to safely and effectively use the quick-release rescue harness on your life jacket.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 7: Live Bait Rescue

This video shows several different live bait techniques and describes the best ways to do them safely

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 8: Boat Extractions

This video demonstrates how to retrieve a pinned kayak or canoe using methods ranging from pushing and pulling to setting up a mechanical advantage system.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 9: Self Rescue

This video shows whitewater kayakers and canoeist the basic techniques for self rescue. It discusses how to swim to safety and how to avoid dangerous foot entrapment in moving water.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Film Series: Episode 11: Foot Entrapment Strategies

foot entrapment strategies for making a river rescue

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue for River Runners: Ep. 1: Getting Started

Rescue for River covers the gear you need to have with you, from your rescue life jacket, protective apparel, throw bags, rescue hardware to first aid kit and communication devices.

Safety

Rescue for River Runners: Ep. 2: Team Strategy

Smart teamwork and preparedness make everyone safer on the river with the swiftwater rescue playbook.

Safety

Rescue Vest Aren't For Everyone

Cautions about wearing and using rescue PFDs.

Safety

Rescue Video Series: Episode 12: Putting Rescue Skills to Use on the Water

Putting Rescue Skills to Use on the Water

Safety

Restorative Yoga for Boaters

Not all exercise routines make you more tired. You can reduce fatigue from paddling and the daily grind with these yoga techniques from Andria Davis.

Skills & Tips

Riding the Flood

The dangers of high water boating and how to avoid them.

Safety

River & Rapid Difficulty Ratings

Describing the Class I-VI and Class 1-10 Ratings

Trip Planning, Safety

Safety and Rescue Discussion Group

Charlie Walbridge and NRS folks discuss safety and rescue training.

Safety

Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT)

A New Tool for Outdoor Enthusiasts - Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking! (SARSAT)

Safety

Stabond Adhesive Gluing Instructions

Learn to patch tears or holes in your PVC rafts or catarafts. hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

Maintenance & Repair

Stretching Exercises for Paddlers

Stretching is essential for preventing muscle strain as well as healing injuries.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Summit Valve Identification

Identify the Difference between a Summit 1 and a Summit 2 Valve.

Maintenance & Repair

Sunscreen Labeling Revisions

How the new FDA sunscreen regulations affect your health.

Safety

That's the Rub

How to prevent and repair rub spots in inflatable boats.

Maintenance & Repair

The Bill's Dry Bag

The story from Bill Parks, the name behind the bag.

How To Choose

The Camp Kitchen

Camp Kitchen Tips for food packaging and storage, water storage and sanitizing, camp sanitation, food preparation, fire management and waste disposal.

Skills & Tips

The Clean Waste Toilet System

This toilet system is approved for multi-day river use in every state. The complete Kit comes with a Pop-up Privacy tent.

Trip Planning

The Fine Nine

Preparing yourself to prevent or recover from on-the-water emergencies.

Trip Planning, Safety

The Making of Cataract Oars

Technical details on the making of Cataract Oars.

How To Choose

The Sun and My Inflatable Friend (or Foe?)

Times when the sun does damage to you and your gear.

Maintenance & Repair

Too Much Heat or Not Enough

Info on heat exhaustion and making a hypothermia wrap.

Safety

Usage Guide for Clifton Accelerator

Learn to patch or add d-rings, footcups, or carry handles to your Hypalon raft with clifton hypalon adhesive

Maintenance & Repair

USGS WaterAlert Service

Service gives email or text message alerts on river flows.

Trip Planning

Using Yoga to Strengthen Your Hips for Kayaking

River runner and yoga instructor Andria Davis shows you some yoga techniques to help improve flexibility and strengthen your hips for kayaking as well as canoeing, rafting and SUP.

Skills & Tips

Valve Know-How

Information on identification, maintenance and repair of inflatable boat valves.

Maintenance & Repair

Weight Carrying Capacity of NRS Boats

Discussion of the carrying capacity of rafts and cats.

How To Choose

West System G/flex Epoxy Adhesive

G/flex Epoxy is a toughened, resilient two-part epoxy that gives a superior waterproof bond to plastics, metals, fiberglass, masonry, glass and wet and difficult-to-bond woods.

Maintenance & Repair

What is Drop Stitch?

How drop stitch material used in our inflatables is made.

How To Choose

What's in the Water

Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Whitewater & Touring Kayak Paddle Sizing Guides

Find the whitewater paddle that is the best fit for you.

How To Choose

Winter Paddling at its Warmest

Team NRS kayaker Devon Barker-Hicks gives gear recommendations for staying warm while paddling in icy waters.

Trip Planning, Skills & Tips, Safety

Yoga for Boaters' Back Pain

Core strength is your key to relief. In Yoga for Boaters' Back Pain, Andria Davis shows you how to use yoga to strengthen your body's core to help prevent back pain from paddling.

Skills & Tips

Yoga for Boaters' Shoulder Pain

Don't let shoulder problems keep you from boating. With good technique and some guidance from Andria Davis, yoga can help you reduce pain and prevent injuries.

Skills & Tips

Yoga for Off-Season Paddling Fitness

For paddlers living in areas with distinct boating seasons, cold or dry times of year can be a bummer. But, as author Andria Davis reminds us, the off-season gives you an opportunity to rejuvenate your body and mind.

Skills & Tips