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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…
Types of Rough Water Winter Paddling

Types of Rough Water Winter Paddling

Rough Water types of Winter Paddling When it comes to winter paddling the options are endless, but one thing stands out about winter better than any other season: rough water paddling. Winter Paddling is not for the faint of heart. The water is colder and there is often more of it, which means a lot of movement to navigate. For those adventurers who don’t want…
Paddling on Vancouver Island

Paddling on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island: A Paddling Paradise In the vast expanse of Canada sits a hidden gem: Vancouver Island. This island on the west coast of Canada has started to gain some serious interest in the tourism sphere for its natural beauty, rugged and mysterious coastline, historic cities and cultures, and abundant wildlife. People flock to this island from all over the world for the west coast…
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