Everyone wants to have fun on the water. The important thing to remember is staying safe while having fun. Canoe & Kayak teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to develop the following series on water-safety skills and tips to ensure your paddling adventures stay fun and danger-free.
Download A Beginner's Guide to Safer Paddling, our comprehensive safety pamphlet developed in partnership with the Water Sports Foundation and U.S.C.G.
Episode 2 in our series with the U.S. Coast Guard
Episode 1 in our series with the U.S. Coast Guard: Always wear your life jacket
Life jackets have finite lives. Know when yours is worn out.
A disturbing trend has manifested in paddle sports: More people seem to be dying while doing them than ever before.
ACA-certified instructors Kate Ross Kuthe and Paul Kuthe show you how to choose and fit your most important piece of paddling gear - your life jacket.
Kate and Paul show you how to dress for a safe and comfortable paddling day on the water.
Kate and Paul share a simple checklist that every experienced kayaker runs through every time they go paddling.
Paul and Kate demonstrate the three essential kayak strokes.
Paul and Kate show how to plan a safe and fun day on the water.
In Episode 6 of our Safer Paddling Series, kayak instructors Paul and Kate Kuthe show you how to safely share the water with other boats.
In Episode 7 of our Safer Paddling Series, kayak instructors Paul and Kate Kuthe show you how to get back in your kayak if you capsize or fall out.
In the first seven episodes of our Safer Paddling Series we discussed how to be safe and have fun. Our final installment shows you how to call for help if you get into trouble.
Don’t leave these guys hanging
Making sure the bigger boats know you're there
Always dress for the WATER temperature
Suit up for cold water. Your life depends on it.
ACA instructor Jeff Herman wants to save your life.
Nobody wants to join, but it's better than the alternative
10 tips for stand up paddleboarding safely
Having fun is important, but doing it safely should be priority one.
As standup paddling has exploded in popularity, the number of new enthusiasts and instructors eager to teach has also grown.
When paddling down a major river or by the bay, knowing how to interact with the ships can be confusing and downright scary. The Rules of the Road insight into how people in all vessels can share the waterways safely.
Things don't always go as planned. In the event that a day of fun and adventure takes a turn for the worse, having an emergency signal kit and knowing how to use a marine-band radio can keep a bad situation from turning into a dangerous one.
Here are a few very important notes to ensure a safe time on the water.
Here are some tips to remain calm and make rescue easy and quick.
Episode 4: Rescue for River Runners
Master the portage trail
Episode 3: Rescue for River Runners
Tricks of the trade to increase your enjoyment on the water
Installing LED light strips on kayaks is a growing trend.
Wear your PFD, or stay out of the spotlight.
You've always wondered what would happen if you pulled the yellow trigger tab on an inflatable PFD, haven't you?
Cool is a rule. At least it should be.
Standup paddling is pure fun. That is, until it isn’t, when someone gets injured or finds themselves in an emergency situation.