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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Safety around Victoria, BC

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Safety around Victoria, BC

Stand up paddle boards can be a confusing paddle craft. Are they like surfboards or are they more like canoes? Apparently, they are both. When it comes to Transport Canada regulations for paddle boards the waters are a bit murky. We wanted to clear up a bit of the understanding around SUP safety and what you need to do to be safe and Transport Canada…
Kayaking Preparedness: Know Before you Go

Kayaking Preparedness: Know Before you Go

What you should know before you go Kayaking Ocean River encourages you to ‘Get out there’. To help you have an enjoyable and safe experience, consider the following tips before heading out on the water in your kayak. Learning the Right Skills It is important to have the skills to safely get out on the water in your kayak. Know what conditions you can paddle…
Sea Kayaks For Beginners

Sea Kayaks For Beginners

What to look for in a beginners sea kayak Buying a sea kayak can be a stressful process especially for a beginner. There are many things to consider before taking the plunge and buying a new boat. For a beginner kayaker, you want to think about a few key things: price, versatility, and safety or usability. Our recommendation to people is that you should buy…
Kayaking the Seventy48 Race

Kayaking the Seventy48 Race

By: Russell Henry What It’s Like to Paddle 70 miles in 11 hours in the Seventy48 Recently the inaugural Seventy48 race went down in Washington State. Created by the Race to Alaska crew, this race was solely for human-power craft only – no sailing allowed. Starting in Tacoma at 5:30 pm and ending in Port Townsend at the same time two days later the race…
Deciphering Arc’teryx

Deciphering Arc’teryx

How to read Arc’teryx terminology and what each classification means We have all been there, blindly staring into the Arc’teryx section thinking to ourselves, what is an SK or an FL and what one do I need for multi-day coastal hiking. Not an FL or SK, that much we can tell you. Find out below what all the Arcteryx terms mean so that deciphering the…
When to replace a PFD

When to replace a PFD

Do you know when you need to replace your PFD? Any time we get out on the water we have to think about safety. What is the weather doing? Have we left a float plan? How old is your personal flotation device(PFD)? These are the questions that need to be answered any time you head out for a paddle. A PFD or a lifejacket won’t…
Travelling with an inflatable SUP

Travelling with an inflatable SUP

Why travelling with an inflatable SUP is a great idea! Buying an inflatable SUP can be quite the investment. This investment is not for everyone but it does offer many benefits. Inflatable boards are easily stored and portable, perfect for saving space in tiny homes or for transporting in the back seat of a small car. Getting down to remote areas is way easier when your…
Kayak Lap Bag Essentials

Kayak Lap Bag Essentials

By: Rebecca Grim What is a kayak lap bag and why does every kayaker need one? A lap bag is a waterproof bag that contains all the essential items you may need during a day of ocean kayaking. The items may change slightly depending on the length of trip, climate, group size and location in which are paddling. The purpose of the lap bag is…
The Health Benefits of Kayaking

The Health Benefits of Kayaking

How kayaking can have numerous health benefits There are many reasons to kayak. One of these reasons is the health benefits. Kayaking is a fun activity but the kayaking has many health benefits that make it a well-rounded hobby and sport. Check out the top health benefits of kayaking below. Mental Clarity The first, and most obvious, health benefit is the mental calm that kayaking…
Gear Review: Sisu Kayak from Current Designs

Gear Review: Sisu Kayak from Current Designs

Lee Richardson reviews the Sisu HV Kayak from Current Designs I recently started paddling the Current Designs Sisu High Volume (HV).  My first surf in this new boat was at Skookumchuck Narrows and it left me wondering when I would get to be in that kayak again. I had been trying a few different kayaks to see what I would select to be my favorite…
How to Read Water for beginners

How to Read Water for beginners

By: Russell Henry Knowing how to read water while paddling is vital for safety and enjoyment A huge component of paddling in moving water is being able to read water; being able to tell what is currently happening with the water and how it will cause your boat to react. If you can’t read water, you won’t be edging correctly, won’t have the correct angle…
whitewater kayaking safety tips

whitewater kayaking safety tips

Russell Henry shares the story of a close call while whitewater kayaking and some safety tips for other paddlers Whitewater paddling can be an extremely dangerous sport, especially when seeking out rivers that have not been paddled before and take a lot of effort to get too. On Vancouver Island, these first descent rivers are much easier to visit due to the network of logging…
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Paddling the Inside Passage: Q & A with Going Solo Adventures

 

Over the span of two months Kelly Durst and Paul Everitt paddled from Skagway, Alaska down into Sidney, British Columbia ...