The Canoe & Kayak team captures an introductory kayak adventure in the golden Pacific backwaters of coastal Southern California to spell out everything that a first-time paddler needs to know in order to launch a flatwater paddling trip of his or her own.

Once you’ve picked the right type of touring kayak (Click HERE to watch Episode 1: Make Your Pick), and learned how to load and secure your boat to your car for transport (in Episode 2), it’s time to launch. Episode Three covers all the basics of unloading your kayak, footwear choices, stashing gear, and information on safely entering and comfortably launching your single or double kayak.

— Stay tuned for Episode 4: Get Moving, the next video in Pelican Kayaks’ Need to Know series, debuting Tues. May 24.