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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

303 High Tech Fabric Guard & DWR

Learn how to use 303 High Tech Fabric Guard and DWR to restore water and stain repellencey, resist soiling, and protect against the sun's harmful UV rays.

Maintenance & Repair

303 Protectant

Learn how to use 303 Protectant, the most powerful UV-screening protection ever developed, to prolong the life of your boat and your gear.

Maintenance & Repair

A Fun Boating Game: Cans

The popular river trip game of cans is a time honored camp sport. Learn the rules, and the gear you need, and enjoy on your next trip.

Trip Planning

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

Adjust an NRS Raft Frame Anchor System

This video provides step-by-step instructions for installing the NRS Anchor System on your raft. The NRS Raft Frame Anchor System is a popular accessory to the NRS Fishing Frame, allowing the rower to easily raise and lower the anchor from the guides seat.

Skills & Tips

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 Kayak Foot Brace Kit Instructions

Instructions for installing the AIRE Inflatable Kayak foot braces kit into your kayak.

Maintenance & Repair

Aquaseal/Cure Accelerator Instructions

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

Maintenance & Repair

Avoiding Foot Entrapment

Learn what foot entrapment is, how and why it's deadly, and how to avoid it while out on the river. Sometimes swimming is unavoidable.

Safety

Backcountry Food Handling and Hygiene

Learn how to properly deal with food handling, hygiene, and cleanup while on backcountry or river trips.

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 Gear for Kayak Fishing Safety

NRS ambassador Isaac Miller discusses the equipment and apparel that can improve our level of comfort and kayak fishing safety.

How To Choose, Safety

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

Beware the Rats: Protect Boating Gear from Rodents

How to protect your rafting and boating gear from mice, rats, and other rodents.

Maintenance & Repair

Boaters and Dehydration

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

Skills & Tips

Boating Safety for "Man's Best Friend"

Learn the proper techniques for safety bringing your dog on the water or next river trip. And don't forget the dog life jacket!

Safety

Boating Safety for Infants & Small Children

Learn about boating safety for infants and small children. When is it safe to take your kids out on the river, and what should you bring to ensure safety?

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

Learn to camp responsibly, protect vegetation and water quality and the camp's appearance. And don't forget to leave the site cleaner than you found it.

Skills & Tips

Care of Your Boating Gear

This article gives valuable tips on taking care of your inflatables, neoprene items and drywear so you can use it for a long time.

Maintenance & Repair

Caring for Your Neoprene Gear

With a little care and TLC, your neoprene paddling gear can last a long time. Read on for some tips and tricks to maximize the life of your neoprene.

Maintenance & Repair

Carlson Barrel Pump Maintenance Information

Find repair and maintenance information for Carlson Barrel Pumps (with both blue and green hoses) and hand pumps for inflating rafts.

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

Learn how the two-layer woven construction of the CGear Sand-Free Multimat allows sand to sift down through the mesh while preventing it from coming back up.

How To Choose

Choosing Oar Length

"What length oars do I need for my boat?" is one of the most common questions we get. 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 Gluing Instructions.

Maintenance & Repair

Clifton Urethane Adhesive Gluing Instructions

Learn to fix a tear or hole in your PVC raft or cataraft with these Clifton Urethane Adhesive Gluing Instructions.

Maintenance & Repair

Clyde's 2006 Grand Canyon Blog

In 2006, NRS's own Clyde Nicely live-blogged his raft trip down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. Enjoy this archive of his adventures.

Cold Shock: 5 Golden Rules for Boating in Cold Water

Cold shock is the leading cause of death in paddlesports. Prevent it with 5 Golden Rules for Boating in Cold Water.

Safety

Cold Water Protection and Hypothermia

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

Safety

Cold-Water Layering

Base, insulating and outer layers allow you to add and remove pieces to match changing conditions, and help your body maintain a safe, comfortable temperature.

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 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

Dry Drowning: Feedback

Read some user feedback to our original Dry Drowning article and learn the takeaways our readers had to share that helps them stay safe on the water.

Safety

Dry Wear Care and Storage

Drywear is some of your more expensive boating attire; taking good care of it protects your investment and ensures good condition when you need it.

Maintenance & Repair

Dry Wear Checkup and Repair

Learn how to get your dry wear ready for colder weather.

Maintenance & Repair

Dry Wear Latex Gasket Emergency Field Repair

Latex gaskets and socks on drywear are tough, but not indestructible. Learn how to make a field repair with Tear-Aid Repair Tape Type A.

Maintenance & Repair

Drysuit Know How

The drysuits is your most versatile cold-water boating garment. Learn how it works and how to take care of if so you'll have it for years to come.

Maintenance & Repair

Drysuit Repair and Care

Learn how to properly clean, repair, and care for your drysuit.

Maintenance & Repair

Drysuit Zipper Care and Maintenance

Tips for keeping your zipper in good condition and protecting it from damage.

Maintenance & Repair

Drysuits Don't Make You Bulletproof

Your drysuit is only one piece of your boating safety system.

Safety

DWR: You May Not Know It, But You Need It

How to renew the water repellency in your boating apparel.

Maintenance & Repair

Educate Yourself and Trust Your Judgment

Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.

Skills & Tips

Emptying Kayaks on the River

Team NRS paddler Stephen Wright demonstrates the proper technique for emptying kayaks on the river so you can push or tow it to shore.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Equipping Your PFD for Rescue

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

Safety

Fabrics That Protect You From the Sun

Fabrics that provide effective protection from our sun's harmful rays.

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

File a Boater's Trip Plan

Use this convenient Boater's Trip Plan form and always let at least one person know where you're going boating and when you plan to return.

Safety

Finding Swiftwater Rescue Classes

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

Safety

First Aid on the Water

Stop thinking about getting a medical kit for first aid on the water and just do it! You and your paddling partners will be glad that you did.

Safety

Fishing Frame Additions and the Sport Cat Frame

Learn more about our raft and cataraft fishing frames, which are praised by fishermen for their excellent features and modular adaptability.

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 inflatables using Flexseal, a two-part urethane-based sealant designed for Pennel Orca, Hypalon, neoprene and PVC.

Maintenance & Repair

Flotation, Flotation, Flotation Thinking About Sinking

If you choose to paddle around rocks and reefs, its a matter of time before you punch a hole in your hull. Learn why float bags are a smart addition.

Skills & Tips

Four Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddling

Watch to learn the four Golden Rules of SUP: good paddle technique, proper body position, use of core muscles and efficient SUP board propulsion.

Skills & Tips

Frame Basics

Learn the points to consider when choosing a frame for your raft or cataraft. Consider the style, function, quality, and performance for your kind of boating.

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: Longhorn Frame

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

Skills & Tips

Frame Instructions: NRS Flip Seat

Instructions for assembling the NRS Flip Seat, including the contents of the products and step-by-step directions for putting it together and using it.

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: Prior to September 2005

For inflatables prior to September 2005: Learn how many and what length straps you will need to strap your NRS raft/cataraft frame to your raft or cataraft.

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

Gasket Replacement Instructions

Learn how to replace and care for the latex gaskets on your drytops and drysuits with these detailed step-by-step instructions.

Maintenance & Repair

Gasket Sizing

Gasket Sizing Chart to Determine Which Size Gaskets Will be the Best Fit.

How To Choose, Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

Gear Aid Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement

Learn how to properly use and handle Gear Aid (formerly McNett) Seal Cement Adhesive, an industrial-strength neoprene cement.

Maintenance & Repair

Gear Aid Revivex Pro Cleaner

Learn how to use Revivex Pro Cleaner, which is specially formulated to clean high tech fabrics. Ideal for all waterproof breathable garments.

Maintenance & Repair

Gear Aid Wetsuit & Drysuit Instructions

Instructions for cleaning your wetsuit, drysuit, booties or gloves using wetsuit shampoo by Aquaseal.

Maintenance & Repair

Gear Checklist Camping Gear

A printable camping gear checklist for rafting or river trips. Customize and download your own camp gear list.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Fishing Apparel

What kayak fishing apparel should you pack? You're in luck: here's a printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Fishing Gear

Download and customize this checklist of kayak fishing gear to make sure you get to the put-in with all the kit you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Inflatable Boats

A printable gear checklist for trips involving inflatables and inflatable boats, including rafts, catarafts, and inflatable kayaks.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Kitchen

Never forget critical camp kitchen gear again with this customizable and downloadable gear checklist. Eat well on the water!

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Personal Camping Necessities

What personal camping necessities should you pack for a rafting or kayak trip? This handy equipement checklist will help you bring the gear you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Rafting Apparel

What rafting apparel should you pack? Behold! A printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Rafting Trip Gear

Rafting and boat gear: a checklist of boating equipment prepared by Tobias Schunck for a June Grand Canyon trip.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Sea Kayaking Apparel

What sea kayaking and kayak touring gear and apparel should you pack? Behold! A printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Sea Kayaking Gear

Download and customize this checklist of sea kayaking and kayak touring gear to make sure you get to the put-in with all the kit you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Whitewater Apparel

What whitewater kayaking gear and apparel should you pack? Behold! A printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Whitewater Gear

Download and customize this checklist of whitewater kayaking gear to make sure you get to the put-in with all the kit you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklists

A collection of downloadable checklists for camping, rafting, kayaking, and more to help you organize your trip.

Trip Planning

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

Get on Your SUP Board

This video shows the simple steps for getting on, standing comfortably and moving around on the your SUP board so you can get out there and start having fun.

Skills & Tips

H2 Glue Instructions

Materials and instructions for working with H2 Glue, and adhesive for outfitting your kayak with minicell or ethafoam foams and paddings.

Maintenance & Repair

Halkey-Roberts Valve Types

Information about the different types of Halkey-Roberts valves.

Maintenance & Repair

Helmet Know How

Do you need a paddlesports-specific helmet? Yes. Can't you just re-use your bike (or other sport) helmet? Nope. Let us explain.

Safety

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

High water can dramatically change rivers and requires that we redouble our ongoing emphasis on safety. Learn more about the guidelines of high-water safety.

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 Neoprene Is Stitched

Learn about the various stitching methods on our neoprene products. Single-Needle Stitch, Flat-Lock, Blind-Stitch? Here we explain the differences.

How To Choose

How Sun Protection Works

Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.

Skills & Tips

How to Adjust a WRSI Helmet

Proper adjustment of your WRSI helmets O-Brace Harness and Interconnect Retention System is essential for your comfort and safety while paddling. Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure your WRSI helmet is adjusted for optimal comfort and performance on the water.

Safety

How to Adjust Raft Oars and Oar Mounts

Setting up your raft frame for strong and comfortable rowing will greatly improve your confidence and enjoyment on the river. In this video, the NRS experts show you how to adjust the oars and oar mounts on your NRS raft frame to ensure powerful strokes and a comfortable position when rowing.

Skills & Tips

How to Assemble an NRS Fishing Raft Frame

The NRS fishing frame is easy to put together if you follow the step by step process outlined in this video. The NRS fishing frame turns any raft into a drift boat.

Skills & Tips

How to Assemble an NRS Raft Frame

This video walks you through the process of assembling your NRS raft frame and adjusting it to suit your needs. Our patented LoPro fitting makes the NRS raft frame system entirely modular and easy to assemble and adjust.

Skills & Tips

How to Boat and Camp with Perishable Foods

Learn how to boat and camp with perishable foods, an excerpt from the book 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 Check Dry Wear for Damage

Check on the condition of your drywear before the season starts.

Maintenance & Repair

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 a Touring Paddle

Selecting the perfect sea kayaking or kayak touring paddle is an important decision; your paddle is your tool to transfer energy to the water.

How To Choose

How to Choose a Whitewater Paddle

Selecting the perfect whitewater kayaking paddle is an important decision; knowing how to choose the proper blade shape will make paddling more fun.

How To Choose

How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Canoeing

Tips and a video on safely extending your canoeing into the fall months.

How To Choose

How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Kayak Touring

Learn how to choose apparel for safe fall kayak touring or sea kayaking. This video offers suggestions that will help keep you safe when temperatures drop.

How To Choose

How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Rafting

Tips and a video on extending your rafting into the fall.

How To Choose

How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Whitewater Kayaking

Tips and a video on extending your kayaking into the fall months.

How To Choose

How to Choose Cold-Water Apparel

Commonsense guidelines for choosing your cold water protection.

How To Choose

How to Choose the Perfect SUP Paddle

Learn how to choose the perfect SUP paddle. Every stand up paddler is unique, but we all share a common goal: paddling as efficiently as possible.

How To Choose

How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

Learn about the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters so you can choose the right life jacket for your paddling needs.

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 and will be comfortable enough to always wear.

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 Care for Your Inflatable SUP Board

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

Maintenance & Repair

How to Clean and Deodorize Neoprene Wetshoes

This video shows how to clean and dry water shoes to head off odor. And if stinky shoes happen, we show how to eliminate it.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Clean and Store Your Inflatable Boat

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

Maintenance & Repair

How To Customize Your NRS Fishing Frame

Watch this video to learn how to customize and adjust the adaptable NRS Frame System. Former professional fishing guide Jim MacAllister, now an NRS Wholesale Rep, shares his experience, tips and tricks to help you get the most from your setup.

Skills & Tips

How To Daisy Chain an NRS Tie-Down Strap

In this video, we show you how to daisy chain the webbing on a tie-down strap, a simple an effective method for dealing with the strap tail to keep it out of the way. NRS 1" HD Tie Down straps make rigging rafts, tying down kayaks and securing gear on cars simple.

Skills & Tips

How to Do a Preseason Raft Inspection

Better to find problems with your boat before hitting the river! Learn tips for inspecting your raft or cataraft to make sure it's ready for the season.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Do Live Bait Rescue

Jumping in to rescue a swimmer can sometimes be the best technique. This video from Jim Coffey shows how to perform a live bait rescue.

Skills & Tips, Safety

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 Dress for Kayaking

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 season.

How To Choose, Safety

How to Extend Your Boating Season

Moving from summer boating to cold-weather adventures requires new knowledge and preparation. Learn the tips 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 Fit a Life Jacket

In this video we show you how to fit a life jacket and tighten the straps to ensure it won't ride up when youre in the water.

Skills & Tips

How to Fit an Adjustable Bungee Sprayskirt

This video gives tips on how fit an adjustable bungee sprayskirt for a snug fit, while still allowing the skirt to be removed safely in a wet exit.

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

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

Learn how to fix a pressure relief valve, which protects your raft or IK floor from over-inflation, with this video from our NRS Repairs department.

Maintenance & Repair

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 Fold an Inflatable Boat for Storage

Learn the the tips and techniques to minimize stress on seams and materials by folding an inflatable boat for storage correctly.

Skills & Tips

How to Identify Your Boat

Here's how to identify your boat's Hull Identification Number (HIN), or "boat serial number" / "boat ID number".

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 Inflatable SUP Board

Learn how to inflate your NRS inflatable SUP and operate the valve and pressure gauge to ensure the board reaches, but does not exceed, optimal pressure.

Maintenance & Repair, Skills & Tips

How to Inflate Your Raft

Learning to properly inflate your raft will go a long way toward protecting its seams and the baffles between chambers from strain and damage.

Skills & Tips

How to Install a Kayak Deck Rigging Kit

In this video, the NRS Repairs crew demonstrates how easy it is to install a kayak deck rigging kit.

Skills & Tips

How to Install an NRS Kayak Back Band

Installing a back band in your kayak is easy. In this video, we give you the step by step instructions for removing an old seat and installing a 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 Install Kayak Hip Pads

Learn to properly install hip pads, an important part of the kayak outfitting that allows you to be one-with-your-boat for maximum control and ease of rolling.

Skills & Tips

How to Install NRS MaverIK Foot Braces

Learn how to install your IK performance package and foot braces for the NRS MaverIK inflatable kayak.

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 Maintain Your NRS Barrel Pump

The NRS 5" Barrel Pump is built to last, to get wet, and to get used. Watch this video from NRS Repairs on how to disassemble, clean, lube and maintain it.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Make a Flip Line

Build your own flip line! Whether you're kayaking, rafting or canoeing, you'll find multiple uses for this easy-to-build webbing sling or guide belt.

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 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 Practice the Kayak Wet Exit

How to practice the kayak wet exit, your back-up plan for when your roll doesn't work.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Prepare for Medical Emergencies When Boating

Learn how to prepare for medical emergencies when boating, kayaking, or rafting when embarking on journeys that take you outside the 911 system.

Safety

How To Prevent Boating Injuries

Body conditioning, proper technique and equipment prevent injury.

Safety

How to Prevent Heat Loss

Understanding the mechanisms of heat loss, and gain, helps us plan strategies for regulating that loss so we stay safe and comfortable when out paddling.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Protect Your Gear From Saltwater

Tips for maintaining gear you use in and around saltwater.

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 Quickly Coil a Throw Rope

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

Safety

How to Re-Enter a Sit-Inside Kayak

This video shows you several ways to get back inside your kayak when you have another paddler available to lend an assist.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Remove a Knife from a PFD Lash Tab

Tips for safely removing a knife sheath from a life jacket (PFD) lash tab.

Skills & Tips

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

How to repair an oar or paddle blade using our G/Flex Epoxy Adhesive, providing a strong bond that's much more flexible than other epoxies

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 Dry Wear Gaskets

How to repair your own gaskets and make them last longer.

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 Neoprene

In this video, we show how to repair neoprene when it gets damaged. Don't throw that gear away; fix it!

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair PVC and Urethane Boats

In this video, the NRS Repairs Department shows you the step-by-step process for repairing boats, finding the leak, rolling on the patch and more.

Maintenance & Repair

How to Repair Waterproof Fabric

Learn how to repair waterproof fabric with some simple techniques for applying patches using Aquaseal or Seam Grip, two user-friendly adhesives.

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

Learn how to properly re-stuff a rescue throw bag with this video. This is an essential skill for the rope to smoothly deploy when the bag is tossed.

Safety

How To Rig a Bow Line on a Raft

This video demonstrate how to use a bowline knot to secure the bow rope to the D-rings on your raft. We also show you how to coil the rope and secure it with a 2 NRS strap to keep it safely coiled and knot-free for easy deployment.

Skills & Tips

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 safely fall off your SUP, techniques for climbing back on, how to rescue your paddle and stand back up on the SUP board.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Safely Get In and Out of Your Kayak

Getting in and out of your kayak can be tricky, especially for beginners, but there are easy techniques to safely launch and land your boat.

Skills & Tips

How to Seal an NRS Dry Bag

Your dry bag protects your stuff. Watch this video to learn how to properly close and seal it to provide maximum protection for your gear.

Skills & Tips

How to Set Up a River Wing

Setting up a river wing is easy once you know the proper techniques. In this video, we demonstrate how to securely set up the NRS River Wing using the included break-down poles, as well as by substituting oars for the poles.

Skills & Tips

How to Stay Warm When Kayaking

Learn what gear to wear to stay warm when boating or kayaking in cold weather and water conditions. Have fun year-round with these tips from Erin Clancey.

Safety

How to Stay Warmer with Proper Paddling Headwear

Learn how proper paddling insulating headwear will help you stay warmer and more comfortable when the weather and water take a turn for the colder.

Skills & Tips

How to Strap a Kayak to the NRS Yak Yak Boat Cart

Securing your kayak or canoe to the NRS Yak Yak Boat Cart is quick and simple. In this video, we show you how to use the two included NRS 6 Loop Straps with Buckle Bumpers to attach your boat to the Yak Yak.

Skills & Tips

How to Strap a Rowing Frame to a Raft

In this video, the experts at NRS show you our favorite technique for strapping down a rowing frame on a raft. Knowing how to properly secure a rowing frame to your raft is an essential skill for any rafter.

Skills & Tips

How to Stretch a Latex Neck Gasket

Stretching a drytop or drysuit neck gasket that's too tight.

Skills & Tips

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 Swim in Whitewater

Self rescue by aggressively swimming to shore can be a life-saving maneuver. Rescue instructor Jim Coffey teaches you how to swim in whitewater.

Skills & Tips, Safety

How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot

There are some knots every boater should know how to tie, and the Taut-Line Hitch is one of them. Watch this video to learn how it's done.

Skills & Tips

How to Tie the Figure 8 Knot

Demonstrating the tying of the versatile Figure 8 Knot.

Skills & Tips

How to Tie Up a Raft on the Shore

One of the fastest methods to tie up a raft on shore is to use a taut-line hitch knot to secure the bow line to a sand stake, tree or other solid anchor. In this video, we demonstrate how to use a sand stake, locking carabiner and rope to create a secure and adjustable tie-off to secure your boat.

Skills & Tips

How to Toss a Throw Bag

The rescue throw bag is a must-carry for whitewater. Rescue instructor Jim Coffey shows the best techniques for accurately getting the rope to the swimmer.

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

How to Understand River Flows

Cubic feet per second (cfs) is one of the key indicators of river or creek conditions. Learn what this means and how it can affect your trip planning.

Safety

How to Wet Exit a Kayak

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

HydroCuff: Innovation NRS Style

Learn how the HydroCuff emerged from our rigorous R&D efforts. By sealing snugly to keep water out, heat is trapped next to the skin and you stay warmer.

How To Choose

Hypalon Repair Instruction

Learn how to make repairs to your Hypalon raft, cataraft tubes, or your Hypalon raft floors with these detailed step-by-step instructions.

Maintenance & Repair

Identifying Inflatable Boat Material

How to identify the type of material in your inflatable boat

Maintenance & Repair

Infinity Flotation

Float bags are a necessary accessory for kayakers. They displace water that enters and keep your kayak or canoe afloat while you recover.

How To Choose

Inflatable Boat Cleaner

Learn how to use Inflatable Boat Cleaner, an easy-to-use cleaner for both PVC and Hypalon inflatables. Dirt, white oxidation, and smudges 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

This video helps you understand when to use such glues as Clifton Hypalon, Shore, Stabond, Clifton Urethane, Vynabond and G/flex Epoxy.

Maintenance & Repair

Instructions: Cooler Mount & Dry Box Mount

Instructions for using an NRS cooler mount and/or dry box mount with an NRS frame, including a list of mount components.

Skills & Tips

Instructions: NRS Shore Adhesive

Learn how to properly use and handle Shore Adhesive, a great one-part adhesive for Pennel Orca, Hypalon and other synthetic rubber-coated materials.

Maintenance & Repair

Instructions: NRS Spare Oar Keeper

The Spare Oar Keeper allows you attach that spare to your frame and makes it easy to get it quickly when you need it.

Skills & Tips

Instructions: NRS Strap Slides

Strap Slides are a great little accessory for snugly cinching a strap or 1" webbing to a frame or roof rack.

Skills & Tips

Instructions: Oarlock Stainless Springs

To prevent your oarlocks from rattling up and down, help prevent squeaking and oar shaft wear, add a set of Stainless Springs to your oar mounts.

Skills & Tips

Instructions: Stabond Adhesive

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

Maintenance & Repair

Is Your Life Jacket Safe?

Learn how to know with certainty that the life jacket or PFD you've purchased is safe and Coast Guard approved (and what that even means!).

Safety

Kayak and Canoe Car Top Basics

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

Trip Planning

Kayak Camping

Learn how to properly pack your kayak for a bit of kayak camping. What to bring and where to put them in the kayak are important considerations.

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 for Fitness

If youre looking for a great upper-body workout, kayaking for fitness cant be beat.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Basic Kayak Maintenance

Kayaks are simple machines, but some basic kayak maintenance will make yours last longer. Ken Whiting gives some maintenance tips to take care of your kayak.

Maintenance & Repair

Kayaking Fundamentals: Do a Kayak Hand Roll

Kayak 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

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 Kayak T-Rescue

The kayak T-Rescue is a great kayaking technique to master. You flip upside down and a buddy brings their boat up to assist you.

Skills & Tips, Safety

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 a Sculling Draw Stroke

Whether youre in a sea kayak, sit-on-top, fishing kayak or whitewater boat, mastering the sculling draw stroke will move your paddling skills up a notch.

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: How to Roll a Sea Kayak - Part I

Learning to roll a sea kayak is an important skill. In this video, kayak instructor Ken Whiting coaches you through the first step: the setup.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Roll a Sea Kayak - Part II

In this video, kayak instructor Ken Whiting shows you the second important step in learning to roll a sea kayak: the catch.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Roll a Sea Kayak - Part III

This video will teach you the basics on learning to roll a sea kayak.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Kayaking With Kids

Kayaking with kids can be fun. Please be sure they always wear a life jacket that is sized for their body and properly fitted.

Skills & Tips

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

The C-to-C kayak roll is a great technique to have in your kayak roll quiver. This video breaks the roll setup into two distinct steps.

Skills & Tips

Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the Kayak Sweep Roll

Learn how the kayak sweep roll is a very efficient way to roll your sea kayak or whitewater boat. Its smooth, low impact and gives you long-lasting 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: Paddle a Tandem Kayak

Two people can paddle a tandem kayak while enjoying time together. This video gives great tips on how to make paddling the tandem easy and fun.

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

Keeping in Shape for Paddling

Getting in shape and keeping in shape for paddling will help you become a better boater, have more fun, and prevent activity-ending injury.

Skills & Tips

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

Kicking the Cooler Habit

Learn how Lacey Anderson can outfit a 10-person group for an eight-day trip that doesn't require refrigeration or costly coolers.

Trip Planning

Kid Safety

Boating with kids helps instill a love of nature. Learn more about child safety and what to wear and do to prepare them for a lifetime outdoors.

Safety

Kids and Nature

If you love the outdoors, river or water, you can help spread that passion to the younger generations with these tips about getting kids into nature.

Trip Planning

Know the Ropes

Learn about the important characteristics for ropes used in many boating applications, including the ability to float, its visibility and its strength.

Safety

K-Pump Valve Fit Adapter

Learn how we came up with the K-Pump Valve Fit Adapter and how it will allow you to work with Leafield Valves, used on NRS and many other quality inflatables.

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.

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

Life Jacket Fiction and Fact

The life jacket is the first line of defense for every paddler. Learn to dispel the misunderstandings, misconceptions and myths about PFDs.

Safety

Loading Kayaks On Your Vehicle

Safely loading kayaks on your vehicle is an important boater skill. NRS paddler Leland Davis shows how to fasten one kayak, or multiples, to your roof rack.

Skills & Tips

Military Valves

Information about the different types of Military valves.

How To Choose, Maintenance & Repair

Modular Frame Facts 101

The NRS modular frame system is a marvel of simplicity and strength. This visual guide walks you through the step-by-step process of assembly.

Skills & Tips

Modular Frame Part Dimensions

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

How To Choose

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

Multiday Kayaking Trips

With proper planning and packing, multiday trips in kayaks can be very fun. Learn the tips and techniques you'll need to have a successful outing.

Trip Planning

Multiday Rafting Trips

Learn what you need to consider when preparing for rafting trip that takes you out overnight. Multiday trips in a raft or cataraft let you to travel in style!

Trip Planning

Multiday Sea Kayaking

When a day trip is just too short, plan a multiday sea kayaking trip. NRS has the gear and advice to help you figure out what to bring and how to plan.

Trip Planning

New Technology for NRS Frame Parts

The NRS Frame System is simply the most adjustable and adaptable system on the market; we think it's the best. And we've only made it better.

How To Choose

NRS - Inflatable Boat Spec Chart

Use this comprehensive table to compare specs and measurements for current and past NRS, Aire, Riken and Tributary inflatable rafts and catarafts.

How To Choose

NRS & AIRE Raft 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 Deck Bag Instructions

NRS Deck Bag directions show you how to setup your deck bag and attach it to your kayak.

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 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 Use and Care Instructions

Learn how to properly care for your raft, cataraft or inflatable kayak. We include basics about mounting frames, cleaning instructions and repairs.

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 Paddle Float Directions

Learn how to use your NRS paddle float with these simple directions. Have a paddle float with you, and knowing how to use it, is an essential kayak skill.

Skills & Tips

NRS PFD Hydration Pack Instructions

Learn how to fill your NRS PFD Hydration pack, including directions for attaching it to your life jacket and using the accessory straps for other activities.

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 Side Rail Racks

So what does the Side Rail Rack do for you? First of all, it gives you a flat surface for tying on extra gear. But wait, there's more!

NRS Suggested Boat Repair Facilities

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

Maintenance & Repair

NRS Terraprene Neoprene

What is Terraprene and why does NRS use it? Sure, it's warmer and lighterthan traditional neoprene. But the big deal is that Terraprene leaves the oil behind.

How To Choose

Nutrition: Fueling the Fires Within

Learn the nutrition and hydration dos and donts to help you stay warm and safe as the weather and water get cold.

Skills & Tips

Outdoor Trips Close to Home

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

Trip Planning

Outfitting Your Touring Kayak

Learn how to outfit your touring kayak or sea kayak with the proper gear. If you're going to do overnight trips, there are some additional things to consider.

Trip Planning

Overcoming Fear - New Boaters

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

Skills & Tips

Packing for International Paddling

Packing for an international boating adventure can be intimidating. World traveler Kyle "Smitty" Smith offers his expertise in figuring it out.

Trip Planning

Paddlesports Gear Repair

Learn how to properly clean, repair, and care for your wetsuit or drysuit.

Maintenance & Repair

Pennel Orca Boat Material

Learn why NRS has used Pennel's Orca material in manufacturing our Expedition and Otter rafts, catarafts, and inflatable kayaks since 1994.

How To Choose

Perfecting the Kayak Forward Stroke

The forward stroke is the most used and most important paddle stroke. This video shows how to execute it for more efficient and powerful paddling.

Skills & Tips

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

Pre-trip Food Prep

Doing some work before your trip speeds up meal preparation and cuts down on the mess.

Trip Planning

Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Putting Rescue Skills to Use on the Water (Episode 12)

Rescue expert Jim Coffey shows how swiftwater skills can be put to use on a typical day on the river with a mixed group of kayakers in this video.

Safety

Quick Guide: G/flex Epoxy Adhesive

G/flex is an excellent boat repair material that makes a tough, waterproof repair. In this quick guide, learn which version will work best for your repairs.

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

Learn how to make temporary boat repairs in the field by adding just a few pieces of equipment to your kit.

Maintenance & Repair

Quick Guide: Urethane and PVC Boat Adhesives

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

Maintenance & Repair

Raft & Cataraft Basic Terminology

Learn the basic terminology for rafts and catarafts. This article breaks down these inflatables into simple parts with clear definitions. We also list and explain several common raft and cataraft accessories.

Skills & Tips

Raft & Cataraft Frame Instructions

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

How To Choose

Raft Frame Sizing Guide (Pre-Sept 2005)

A fit and sizing chart for inflatable raft frames and catarafts for rafts built before September 2005.

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

Learn how the NRS Rescue Throw Bag, a vital piece of safety equipment required for every boater, can be used to rescue a swimmer or help unpin a boat.

Safety

Rescue Film Series: Ep. 10: Foot Entrapment Intro

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 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 in the swimmer, bracing, and how to catch and hold the rope if you're 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

Whitewater kayakers and canoeists should learn the basic techniques for self rescue. Watch how to swim to safety and avoid dangerous foot entrapment.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue for River Runners: Ep. 1: Getting Started

Learn what gear you need to have with you, from your rescue PFD, 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 Series: Foot Entrapment Strategies

Swiftwater rescue instructor Jim Coffey introduces foot entrapment strategies for making a rescue, assessing risk for the team, and determining tempo.

Skills & Tips, Safety

Rescue Vest Aren't For Everyone

Learn about the specialized features of rescue life jackets and PFDs, as well as when, and when not, they should be used.

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

Revivex Odor Eliminator

Learn more about Revivex Odor Eliminator, an environmentally safe no-rinse dip. It destroys odors and is ideal for your paddlesports gear.

Maintenance & Repair

Riding the Flood

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

Safety

River & Rapid Difficulty Ratings

You will encounter two different class rating systems for rivers and their rapids. Learn how these systems differ and where they're most commonly used.

Trip Planning, Safety

Rolling a Kayak

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

Skills & Tips

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

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

Sea Kayak Safety Starts at Home: Pre-Trip Tips for Touring Kayakers

Sea Kayak Safety Starts at Home: Pre-Trip Tips for Touring Kayakers

Safety

Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT)

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

Safety

Smart Kayak Safety Techniques Saved Day

This article explains how a series of smart choices and quick thinking saved the day when a successful waterfall run suddenly turned scary.

Safety

Stretching Exercises for Paddlers

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

Skills & Tips

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

SUP Board Bracing Techniques

How you handle your paddle when you lose your balance on your SUP makes the difference between staying upright and going for a swim.

Skills & Tips

SUP Board Flip Rescue with Nikki Gregg

This SUP Board flip rescue technique allows you to rescue an unconscious, unresponsive or physically compromised victim using your SUP 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

SUP instructor 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

Taking Care of Drywear Gaskets

Learn how to take care of and repair your drywear gaskets so they can give you years of trouble free use in your drywear apparel.

Maintenance & Repair

Taking Care of Drywear Zippers

Learn how to take care of and protect your drysuit zipper with the right folding technique. Also, learn how to keep your zippers clean and lubricated.

Maintenance & Repair

That Time Mike Almost Drowned

Flush drowning is a real hazard, even when paddling with a well-trained, close-knit group. Learn lessons from this video to avoid a fatal outcome.

Safety

That's the Rub

How to prevent and repair rub spots in inflatable boats.

Maintenance & Repair

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 Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Whitewater SUP

In the image-obsessed world of action sports, whitewater SUP has reached its most awkward teenage years, complete with pimples and unknown potential.

Skills & Tips

The Hand of God Rescue for Whitewater Kayaking

Team NRS paddler Stephen Wright shows you how to help a fellow paddler roll upright with the hand of God rescue if they've flipped and are having trouble.

Skills & Tips, Safety

The Iconic Bill's Bag Dry Bag: A History

Read the story of how our iconic waterproof NRS Bill's Bag came into existence, directly from the legend himself: Mr. Bill Parks.

How To Choose

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

The Making of Cataract Oars

Learn how a company that makes guided missile parts, armor piercing projectiles and parts for advanced aircraft got into making carbon fiber oars for rafting.

How To Choose

The Sun and My Inflatable Friend (or Foe?)

Energy from the Sun, in the form of heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, can do great harm to you and your equipment. Learn to protect your rafting gear.

Maintenance & Repair

The Three Golden Rules of Kayaking

Watch as Ken Whiting shows you the golden rules of paddling, three key concepts that apply to every kind of kayaking.

Skills & Tips

Tie Down a Kayak on a Car with One Strap

In this video, we show you how to safely secure a kayak to a car using a single 15 or 20 NRS 1" HD Tie-Down Strap. Knowing how to properly tie down a kayak on the roof rack of a car is one of the first and most essential skills every kayaker must learn.

Skills & Tips

Tips for Outdoor Fun

These are ideas that folks at NRS have for fun things to do while boating, camping and just generally enjoying the outdoors!

Skills & Tips

Too Much Heat or Not Enough

Learn how and why to make a hypothermia wrap: a very efficient way to warm someone suffering from hypothermia with the materials you already have.

Safety

Touring Kayak Safety

Touring kayak safety doesnt have to be hard, and following a few commonsense guidelines will help keep you safe as youre learning kayaking skills.

Skills & Tips, Safety

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

Usage Guide for Clifton Accelerator

Adding Clifton Accelerator to Clifton Hypalon Adhesive gives maximum strength for repairs, increases heat and chemical resistance, and shortens bonding time.

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 paddling.

Skills & Tips

Valve Know-How

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

Maintenance & Repair

Weight Carrying Capacity of NRS Boats

What's the weight carrying capacity of NRS rafts? We get asked that question frequently. Our answer? "We don't rate them" Read on to learn why.

How To Choose

Werner Construction & Design

Learn how Werner designs and builds their kayak paddles. Swing weight, straight or bent shaft, dihedral? We explain so you can feel confident in your purchase.

How To Choose

West System G/flex Epoxy Adhesive

G/flex Epoxy is a resilient two-part epoxy that gives a superior waterproof bond to plastics, metals, fiberglass and more. Add some to your repair kit.

Maintenance & Repair

Wetsuit Repair and Care

Learn how to properly clean, repair, and care for your wetsuit

Maintenance & Repair

We've Come a Long, Long Way, Baby

There wasn't always such a great selection of life jackets to choose from.

Safety

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

When the PFD Fits... Wear It!

Many tragedies can be prevented by wearing a correctly sized life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD). We'll show you how to size and fit a life jacket.

Safety

When the PFD Fits... Wear it! Part II: Kids

NRS shows you how to find the right PFD or life jacket for your child or youth and how to teach your child to wear, adjust and utilize their new PFD.

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

Why Fish From a Kayak

Read about a few reasons why many people have chosen to embrace the sport of kayak fishing. Far from being a fad, kayak fishing is here to stay.

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 a paddler's key to relief from back pain. Andria Davis shows you how to use yoga to strengthen your body's core to help prevent back pain.

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

Cold or dry times can be a bummer for paddlers. But as author Andria Davis reminds us, the off-season gives you an opportunity to rejuvenate your body and mind.

Skills & Tips

Zipper Care

Learn to clean and lubricate your wetsuit and drysuit zippers to help prolong their life.

Maintenance & Repair