Get Started Paddling
Paddling a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or canoe is fun, healthy and an amazing way to experience your favorite pond, river, lake or bay. Figuring out what you need can be a little daunting for the beginner, so our experts have put together this helpful checklist of the essentials you need to stay safe and comfortable on the water.
Most states, if not all, require a PFD for every person in a watercraft. While it’s important you have the PFD on board, it won’t do much good unless you’re actually wearing it. It is probably your most important piece of equipment. If you accidentally fall in, you’re PFD will keep you afloat, even if you’re unconscious.
It’s crucial to check the weather before you head out paddling. Is it too windy? Are there thunderstorms in the area? Are there any other weather threats? A good weather radio will help you stay up to date.
A good waterproof map of the area is important to keep you on the right track. We also recommend having a compass and the knowledge of how to use it.
You’ll need a quality car rack in order to safely transport your kayak, SUP or canoe. They make it easy to secure your boat to your car so you can have a worry-free drive to the water.
Sometimes there is a bit of a distance between your car and the water. That’s when a boat cart comes in very handy. It’ll help you comfortably roll your boat down a trail or path to the put-in spot.