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Four Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddling

This video introduces the four Golden Rules of stand up paddling: the importance of good paddle technique, proper body position, use of your core muscles and efficient SUP board propulsion.

Skills & Tips

Get on Your SUP Board

A SUP board is a stable platform, but there's a learning curve for getting on, standing comfortably and moving around on the board. This video shows the simple steps for "walking on water."

Skills & Tips

How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle

The right paddle makes a world of difference in your stand up paddling experience. This video helps you choose a stand up paddle thats just right for you.

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 Clean and Care for Your Inflatable SUP Board

Proper cleaning and maintenance will help prolong the life of your inflatable SUP board. Learn how to wash your SUP, protect it from UV light and repair common valve problems from the experts at NRS.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Do the SUP Forward Stroke

In this short instructional video we show you how to do the SUP forward paddle stroke to help you move ahead more quickly, more efficiently and more smoothly.

Skills & Tips

How to Do the SUP Pivot Turn

Mastering the SUP pivot turn allows you to swiftly change a SUP boards direction, whether youre still or moving.

Skills & Tips

How to Do the SUP Sweep Stroke

This video demonstrates proper paddle plant and body rotation to turn efficiently while keeping your balance and forward momentum while SUP sweep stroking.

Skills & Tips

How to Fold a SUP board

In this Quick Tips video, we show you the best way to fold your SUP board for transport and storage.

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 Install SUP Fins

Installing the fins on your stand up paddleboard is quick and easy. Just follow these simple instructions.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

How to Launch Your SUP Board in the Surf Zone

Surfing your board in ocean waves is great fun. This video gives you the basic pointers for paddling out through the incoming waves.

Skills & Tips, Safety

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 Patch an Inflatable SUP Board

How to repair a tear or hole in inflatable SUP board made of PVC or urethane-coated material.

Maintenance & Repair

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 Repair Leafield C7 Valve

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

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 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 Safely Fall Off a SUP Board

This video shows the best way to land in the water and different techniques for climbing back on the board, rescuing your paddle and standing back up on the SUP board.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Transport an Inflatable SUP Board

Follow these simple suggestions to ensure that your inflatable SUP board safely makes it where you're going.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

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

Keeping Your SUP Board Going Straight

When paddling for fitness and cruising on flatwater, you’ll want to spend a lot of time going in a straight line.

Skills & Tips

Moving Around and Balancing on Your SUP Board

How and where you stand on the SUP board makes a real difference in your paddling efficiency.

Skills & Tips

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

Rules to Follow for SUP Surfing

The experts make riding ocean waves look easy. This video gives you four golden rules to help you get started on the right learning curve for SUP surfing.

Skills & Tips

SUP Board Bracing Techniques

No matter how good your balance is, sometimes youre going to lose it. How you handle your paddle in these circumstances makes the difference between staying upright and going for a swim.

Skills & Tips

SUP Board Flip Rescue with Nikki Gregg

This important SUP Board flip rescue technique allows you to rescue an unconscious, unresponsive or physically compromised victim using your stand up paddleboard as an aid.

Safety

SUP Safety

Standup paddle boarding is really a very safe sport, but since you're out on the water, there are a few things you need to do to keep it that way.

Skills & Tips, Safety

SUP Surf Techniques and Etiquette with Nikki Gregg

NRS athlete Nikki Gregg shares the skills and insider knowledge you need to safely and successfully ride waves in the surf.

Skills & Tips, Safety

SUP Workout

In this short instructional video, SUP instructor, fitness expert and NRS athlete Nikki Gregg gives you four easy-to-learn exercises you can add to your SUP workout to help make you a stronger and healthier paddler.

Skills & Tips

SUP: Leashes and Life Jackets

This excellent video from ACA tells you how to choose the right ones for the type of SUP paddling you’re doing.

Safety

Gear Checklists

Checklists for Camping, Rafting, Kayaking and Sea Kayaking.

Trip Planning

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

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

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

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

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

Clifton Urethane Adhesive Gluing Instructions

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

Maintenance & Repair

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

Compare Paddler Weight Charts for all NRS SUP Boards

When choosing a stand up paddle board, your weight, the types of paddling you do most often, and your experience level should guide your decision. No one board is perfect for all body weights and activities.

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

Educate Yourself and Trust Your Judgment

Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.

Skills & Tips

File a Boater's Trip Plan

Trip Plan form can help rescue personnel find you.

Safety

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

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 the Perfect SUP Paddle

Tips for picking the best SUP paddle for you.

How To Choose

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 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 Protect Your Gear From Saltwater

Tips for maintaining gear you use in and around saltwater.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair an Oar or Paddle Blade

Repairing a broken oar blade with G/flex Epoxy.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Stay Warm When Boating

Team paddler shares winter warmth advice.

Safety

How to Understand River Flows

Understanding river flows

Safety

Identifying Inflatable Boat Material

How to identify the type of material in your inflatable boat

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

Kayaking and Rafting Boat Launch Map

A map to hundreds of boating launch sites.

Trip Planning

Leafield Valves

Information about the different types of Leafield valves.

How To Choose, Maintenance & Repair

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

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 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

Quick Guide: Urethane and PVC Boat Adhesives

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

Maintenance & Repair

Raft, Cataraft, Inflatable Kayak and SUP Board Valves

Replacement valve types for rafts, catarafts and inflatable kayaks.

Maintenance & Repair

Rescue Vest Aren't For Everyone

Cautions about wearing and using rescue PFDs.

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

The Bill's Dry Bag

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

How To Choose

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Whitewater SUP

Stand-up paddle boarding is the new whitewater thrill.

Skills & Tips

U.S. Coast Guard Regulations for Stand Up Paddlers

SUP is great fun, but do you know what you need to have and do to be legal on the water?

Trip Planning, 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

Valve Know-How

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

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

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