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“Living” With Kids on Boating Trips

Tips for making boating trips with kids enjoyable for all.

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12 Reasons To Start Paddling

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

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A Paddler's Dictionary

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

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Backcountry Food Handling and Hygiene

Tips on avoiding food and hygiene related illness.

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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.

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Basic Terminology for Raft & Cataraft Features and Accessories

Basic Terminology for Raft & Cataraft Features and Accessories

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Boaters and Dehydration

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

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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.

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Cataraft Frame Anchor System

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

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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.

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Dry Bag Closure Instructions

Recommended Dry Bag Closure Instructions

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Educate Yourself and Trust Your Judgment

Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.

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Fitting Molded Oar Sleeves and Oar Rights

Preventing slipping of Molded Oar Sleeves and Oar Rights.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

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.

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Frame Instructions: Bighorn II Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Casting Platform

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

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Frame Instructions: Cat Fish Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Cataraft Frame Aluminum Floor

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

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Frame Instructions: Compact Outfitter Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Deluxe Footbar

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

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Frame Instructions: Fat Cat

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

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Frame Instructions: Frame Passenger/Angler Seat Mount

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

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Frame Instructions: Longhorn Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: NRS Cooler Mount & NRS Dry Box Mount

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

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Frame Instructions: NRS Top Cat Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Raft Fishing Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Raft Frame Anchor System

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

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Frame Instructions: Slant Seat Stern Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Sport Cat Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Stern Raft Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Stern Seat Mount Frame

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

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Frame Instructions: Universal Frame

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

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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.

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Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species

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

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How Sun Protection Works

Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.

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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.

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How to Inflate and Deflate Cataraft Tubes

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

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How to Inflate Your Raft

Tips on proper raft inflation techniques.

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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 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 Organize Straps

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

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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.

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How to Roll a Strap for Storage

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

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How to Seal an NRS Dry Bag

The simple steps to get a watertight dry bag seal.

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How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot

The Tautline Hitch - a great boater's knot.

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How to Tie the Figure 8 Knot

Demonstrating the tying of the versatile Figure 8 Knot.

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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

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.

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Instructions: NRS Strap Slides

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

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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.

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K-Pump Valve Fit Adapter

An inexpensive K-Pump adaptor.

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Leave No Trace, Please

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

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Modular Frame Facts 101

NRS frame materials and how theyre assembled.

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NRS Fishing Frames

Fishing Frame Setup for Rafts and Catarafts

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

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.

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NRS Straps

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

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Overcoming Fear - New Boaters

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

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Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.

Skills & Tips, 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Rescue Film Series: Episode 11: Foot Entrapment Strategies

foot entrapment strategies for making a river rescue

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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.

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Stretching Exercises for Paddlers

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

Skills & Tips, Safety

The Camp Kitchen

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

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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.

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What's in the Water

Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.

Skills & Tips, Safety

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.

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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.

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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.

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