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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

Avoiding Foot Entrapment

Description of this common hazard and how to avoid it.

Safety

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

Beginners Guide to Kayak Terminology

Shop NRS for kayaking gear, inflatable kayak, kayak equipment, kayak accessory, kayak sale, playboat river kayak, and whitewater kayak.

How To Choose

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

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog

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

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

Fueling the Fires Within

Nutrition needs for cold weather boating.

Skills & Tips

Gear Checklist – Rafting Apparel

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Whitewater Apparel

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist – Whitewater Gear

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

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

Good Decisions: How Smart Kayaking Safety Techniques Saved a Kayaker's Day

Sahalie is an easily accessed waterfall on the headwaters of the Mckenzie River in Oregon. First run by Shannon Carrol in 1998, this incredibly beautiful waterfall has seen a relatively small number of descents by expert paddlers in the last few years.

Safety

H2 Glue Instructions

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

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 Choose a Whitewater Paddle

Selecting the perfect whitewater kayaking paddle is probably the most important decision you will make as a boater. Choosing the proper blade shape will allow you to perform at the highest level for your style of boating.

How To Choose

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 the Right Life Jacket for Kayaking

The life jacket is your most important on-the-water safety tool. Choose one that fits well so it wont ride up and will be comfortable enough to always wear when you kayak.

How To Choose, Safety

How to Dress for Kayaking

Kayaking instructor Ken Whiting shares how to dress for kayaking and covers the base layers, insulating layers and outerwear pieces you need to safely extend your paddling past the warm summer months.

How To Choose, Safety

How to Install an NRS Kayak Back Band

Installing a back band in your kayak is easy. In this video, the experts at NRS give you step by step instructions for removing your old seat back or back band and installing your new back band.

Maintenance & Repair

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 Install Kayak Footbraces

This video provides easy step-by-step instructions for installing Werner Kayak Footbraces.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Practice the Kayak Wet Exit

How to practice the kayak wet exit,your back-up plan for when your roll doesnt work.

Skills & Tips, Safety

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 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 an Oar or Paddle Blade

Repairing a broken oar blade with G/flex Epoxy.

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 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 Stay Warm When Boating

Team paddler shares winter warmth advice.

Safety

How To Stretch a Sprayskirt

n this video, we show you how to stretch a sprayskirt to prevent water leakage and implosion.

Skills & Tips

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 Understand River Flows

Understanding river flows

Safety

How to Wet Exit a Kayak

Getting out of the kayak, making a wet exit, isnt complicated, this video will show how to wet exit a kayak, helping you to get out smoothly and safely, while hanging on to your paddle and the boat.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Infinity Flotation

The evolution of kayak and canoe float bags.

How To Choose

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

Kayak and Canoe Car Top Basics

The safe way to carry kayaks and canoes on top of your vehicle.

Trip Planning

Kayak Outfitting Tips for Playboating

Proper kayak outfitting is essential to getting the most comfort and performance out of your playboat.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking and Rafting Boat Launch Map

A map to hundreds of boating launch sites.

Trip Planning

Kayaking Fundamentals: Basic Kayak Maintenance

As part of our Kayaking Fundamentals series, instructor Ken Whiting gives some good tips on taking care of your boat. Plastic kayaks are a good choice for low-maintenance paddling, but they too require a little TLC.

Maintenance & Repair

Kayaking Fundamentals: Do a Kayak Hand Roll

In this video from our Kayaking Fundamentals series, kayaking instructor Ken whiting demonstrates the three main elements of the hand roll: the setup, the catch and the recovery.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Execute the Extended Paddle Roll

In this video from our Kayaking Fundamentals series, kayak instructor Ken Whiting shows you how to execute the extended paddle kayak roll so its there when you need it.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do a High Brace

Expert kayaker Ken Whiting shows you how to execute the high brace in this second Kayaking Fundamentals video.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do a Sculling Brace

The sculling brace is an essential kayak technique that will help you advance in your paddling.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do the Hip Snap

In Part V of our Kayaking Fundamentals video series, instructor Ken Whiting shows you how to practice the hip snap on your own or with a partner.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the C-to-C Kayak Roll

In this video you will learn that the C-to-C kayak roll is a great technique to have in your kayak roll quiver. It breaks the roll setup into two distinct steps the paddle sweep and the paddle down thrust.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the Kayak Sweep Roll

In this video you will learn that the kayak sweep roll is a very efficient way to roll your sea kayak or whitewater boat. Its smooth, low impact and gives you longer-lasting support from the paddle and more time to combine the hip snap with that paddle support.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the Offside Roll

Learning the offside roll and practicing it is important for preventing that unwanted swim

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Rolling a Kayak in Rough Water

This video will teach you the basics on learning to roll a sea kayak in rough water

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: The Three Golden Rules of Paddling

Learn how to use a cooperative division of the body for key kayak strokes and for kayak rolling; how to maintain a power position to improve paddling strength and help prevent shoulder injuries; and how to achieve torso rotation in order to get your core upper body muscles involved in each stroke instead of just your arms.

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

Multiday Kayaking Trips

Tips for multiday kayak trips.

Trip Planning

NRS & Kokatat Sprayskirt Fit List

Find the correct spray skirt for your whitewater, touring or rec kayak.

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 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 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 Straps

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

Skills & Tips

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

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: Temporary Field Boat Repairs

Temporary repairs that can get you home.

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

Rolling a Kayak

World Champion kayaker, Ken Whiting, gives pointers on learning to roll your kayak.

Skills & Tips

Safety and Rescue Discussion Group

Charlie Walbridge and NRS folks discuss safety and rescue training.

Safety

Screw-Mounted Tie-Down Kit Instructions

Screw-mounted Tie-Down Kit for canoes and sea kayaks. A great way to add deck rigging to your sea kayak.

Maintenance & Repair

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 Time Mike Almost Drowned

Dramatic whitewater safety video.

Safety

The Bill's Dry Bag

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

How To Choose

The Fine Nine

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

Trip Planning, Safety

The Kayaker's Pledge: Improving Your Kayak Roll

NRS ambassador Devon Barker-Hicks shares one of her favorite tools for rolling better the "Kayaker's Pledge."

Skills & Tips

The Learning Curve: Ep. 1 Kayak Road Trips

The Learning Curve aims to share those little tricks that experienced boaters know but that the usual how-to books and videos dont tell you

Trip Planning

Too Much Heat or Not Enough

Info on heat exhaustion and making a hypothermia wrap.

Safety

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

Werner Construction & Design

Find how Werner designs their amazing kayak paddles

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'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

Whitewater Kayak & Canoe: Rack Tie-down Instructions

Instructions to secure your kayak or canoe to a car top rack using tie down straps.

Skills & Tips

Whitewater Kids!

Tips on introducing young kids to the sport of kayaking.

Skills & Tips

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

Winter Rolling Tune-Up

Your local swimming pool is a great place for perfecting your kayak roll. Team NRS kayaker Devon Barker-Hicks gives valuable tips for getting it dialed in.

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