How to Buy a Kayak

Other Online Guides

Kayak Academy

Beginners guide to buying your first sea kayak.

Mariner Kayaks

How to choose a paddle.

Paddle Shack

Tips on selecting a kayak.


How to Paddle a Kayak: The 90 Minute Guide to Master Kayaking and Learn to Paddle Like a Pro

In "How to Paddle a Kayak" you will find heaps of valuable information that will prepare you for your kayaking experiences and give you a head start before you even hold a paddle in your hands.

This guide will also teach basic techniques that beginners can master in no time:

  • How to read and manage the currents and tides using weather/water condition techniques
  • Safety and recovery procedures and actions should you fall in the water
  • Common paddling mistakes and how to avoid them
  • How to select the right kayak and paddle
  • Everything you need to know about buying kayaks for speed, lakes and open waters
  • Launching your kayak
  • The correct use of a paddle
  • Staying centered and balanced while in the water
  • Paddling a kayak correctly and effectively

The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook, Second Edition

Now this book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth of kayaking as a sport. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water.

Topics include: Getting Ready; Kayaks; Accessories and Clothing; Getting to Know Your Kayak; Controlling Your Kayak; Getting Into and Out of the Water; Real Life Paddling; Finding Your Way: Kayak Navigation; Trip Logistics; Group safety; Kayak Camping; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff