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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…
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…
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…
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…
Gear Review: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit

Gear Review: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit

Gear Review by Russell Henry: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit, in blue. I have been wearing the Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit this fall/winter. I am currently working on a project where I am searching out new and unpaddled rivers on the north end of Vancouver Island which means I am not only paddling, but also bushwhacking and sometimes living in my drysuit in the rain. I’ve…
Greenland vs Euro blade paddling

Greenland vs Euro blade paddling

By: Lee Richardson What is the difference between Greenland and Euro blade paddling There are many forms of kayaking and within these different subcategories lives two separate styles recognized easily by the paddle used. There are Euro blade and Greenland paddle styles, and if you have not encountered both in some way yet then this will be super interesting for you. There is always the…
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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 ...