Tips from the Pros

How to Choose the most stable SUP ...

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by Michael Dolsey of

As a designer and manufacturer of Stand Up Paddleboards, specializing in RENTAL, LESSON, and TOUR SUPs, I want to share a couple truths, and clear up some misconceptions , and give you some valuable advice to help you make the best choice, so you have the most successful SUP experience. Paddleboard stability. At Dolsey, We make and sell thousands of SUPs. We get and use feedback from the teachers, dealers, tour providers, paddle surfers and lesson providers.

The first misconception is that it is length that is the key factor in stability of a SUP... not true.' Width and length both make up the stability factor. Our dealers base selection first on a persons height, and weight, then recommend a length based on each models width and deck design. . For those of you thinking of buying or trying a SUP. I recommend RENTING OR BUYING the widest SUP you can. 30 inches is not as wide and less stable than a 32 or 33 wide SUP. . Size should be based on your height and weight.. Example for a person about 5 3 to 5 6 we recommend. our 10 x 32 or 33 inch width models, which are more stable than most brands 10' 6 to 10' 10 SUPs.

2 Deck design makes a big difference in stability. Concave is best, then flat, and a arced or domed deck is the least stable at size.

Most SUP decks are rolled arcs, not flat or concaved. I will say that RACE SUPs do have concaves to stabilize them, as they typically are narrow.

SUPing is an growing sport, and by choosing the right SUP, you will have the best experience.

If you have questions , our staff can answer them, and we can recommend a dealer or tour guide. 757 423-3037

River Canoeing and Kayaking Safety

Author: Jay Bryce
River levels can change drastically depending on rainfall, making passage and maneuverability more difficult.

As with all water activities, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.

Before you start

* Be honest with yourself when evaluating your skills (and skills of others in your party). You will have a safer and more enjoyable trip if you choose sections of the river that match your ability.
* Check on current water levels before embarking on your trip. The difficulty level of certain sections of river can change dramatically with changes in water level. Gentle stretches can become dangerous with high water levels. At extremely low levels, you may find yourself paddling through puddles, dragging the canoe over rocks, or portaging.
* Know your physical ability, swimming skills and paddling skills. If you are uncertain about how much you can do, start with a short trip.
* Take time to find out which lands along the river belong to private landowners. The Forest Service has USGS quadrangle maps that have national forest boundaries marked on them.

On the river

* Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times. Even gentle stretches of water can have wicked undercurrents. Even good swimmers need to wear one.
* Never boat alone. A preferred minimum is three boats.
* Scout rapids and make rescue plans if needed. Be aware that on some sections of these rivers, land access may be difficult and help is far away.
* Learn basic water rescue techniques and first aid. Learn to recognize the symptoms and treatment for hypothermia.
* Know your limits; do not attempt a section of river beyond your skill level.
* Pay attention to weather and water conditions. Wear wool clothing or a wet suit and dress for the water temperature. If the water temperature and air temperature combined total 100 degrees or less, wear protective clothing.
* If you capsize, hold on to your craft and get immediately to the upstream side. Float on your back, feet together and pointed downstream. If you go over a ledge or drop, tuck into a ball. Release your craft only if it improves your safety. Stay upstream away from the boat.
* Carry the proper equipment including dry clothing and a first-aid kit. Store all extra gear in a secure watertight container.

Canoe Safety Tips

Before you go canoeing this summer, there are some important things you should know to keep yourself safe. Canoeing is a lot of fun, but if you don't know the dangers, you could get into trouble on the water. Here are some tips for keeping dry and steering clear of danger:

* To get into your canoe:

Have someone hold the canoe steady – you don't want to tip the canoe before you even get out on the water!

Crouch low - keep your knees bent and GRAB THE SIDES OF THE CANOE FOR BALANCE as you walk to your seat

Always walk along the center – keeping your feet on the centerline will help keep the canoe from rocking.

* Stay low – do not stand up or walk in your canoe when you are away from shore.
* Always wear your life jacket - you never know when you might fall out or tip over unexpectedly.
* Avoid sudden or jerky movements – rocking from side to side could cause the canoe to tip over.
* Be aware of the currents in the water – you don't want to end up floating farther downstream than you planned. If the current starts to pull you along faster or you see lots of rocks in the water ahead of you paddle away from them or paddle towards the shore.
* Always sit on the seats or in the center of the canoe – sitting on the side of a canoe will cause it to tip over.
* Stay away from low hanging trees and branches near the shore.
* Do not canoe in bad weather.
* Avoid letting big waves hit the side of your canoe – always try to keep your canoe at a right angle to the waves otherwise the wave might push your canoe over.

If your canoe tips over:

* Don't panic
* Stay with your canoe
* Paddle or push your canoe to shore – with the help of the other person in your canoe, you can get out in shallow water and flip the canoe to dump out the water and climb in. Your canoe will float even if its full of water until you can get to shore to empty it.
* Always bring along extra clothing in a waterproof container- you want to be prepared in case your canoe tips or the weather changes.

Be sure to bring the proper equipment:

* Sun protection – hats, sunscreen, long sleeves and pants
* First aid kit
* Plenty of food and water
* Life vests
* Map – be sure you know where you are so you do not get lost!

Tie all your equipment to the canoe – put your equipment into a waterproof bag to keep it dry and tie it to one of the center beams in the canoe so that you don't lose everything if your canoe tips over.

Do not litter – carry out everything you bring in – the animals don't like a messy home.

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Manually Propelled Vessel Safety Rules

  • Wear your Life Jacket (PFD)! Is it the proper size and in good condition? There must be a wearable Life Jacket aboard for each person. From October 1st through May 31st, you must wear a Life Jacket (state law). All children 12 and under must wear a Life Jacket at all times.
  • Don’t stand up in a manually propelled vessel, such as a canoe, kayak or rowboat.
  • Always paddle directly into or away from the wake of larger boats.
  • If you CAPSIZE, stay with the manually propelled vessel. If you are in a strong current or white water, float down river feet first and toes up with the vessel ahead of you.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or while operating a manually propelled vessel. Alcohol affects balance, coordination, and judgement.
  • For more stability in rough conditions, kneel on the bottom instead of sitting on the seats.
  • The most experienced paddler should take the stern position.
  • Know the conditions before you set out. Always paddle within your abilities.
  • Load the manually propelled vessel evenly, fore and aft and side to side.
  • Be sure that you have the right boat for the conditions.
  • Wear proper clothing, including a hat. If you end up in the water, do not remove your clothes. They help you float and protect you against hypothermia.
  • Stay away from low head dams. They are extremely dangerous from both up and down stream.
  • Rough water, white water, or rapids are no place for beginners. Always wear a solid, correctly fitted helmet when white water canoeing or kayaking.
  • Paddle near shore, out of channels.
  • Paddle with a partner.
  • Always leave a FLOAT PLAN with someone ashore. Be specific about where you plan to go and when you will be back. Be sure to report back in when you return.

This section is for tips that the dealer, guide or instructor might not want to say in front of a customer, but the customer should know.

Guided sea kayak trips in Alaska's Inside Passage. Great for families!

Your vacation can be spend in a sea kayaking adventure as kayaking is an excellent workup for your body and mind. The kayak that is built is equipped to handle all sort of sea conditions as well as long term trips.

Kayaking is a vigorous sport for lovers of the sea and sea kayaking adventure is an exciting outdoor sport. When you are out in the sea, you will blend with the picturesque and mysterious coastlines. No other sea sport will give you the experience that will remain with you forever.

The breathtaking experience on top of a fun-filled exercise mix together with the beauty of nature will delight even a novice. A vacation out at sea on a sea kayaking adventure can be amazingly stunning and entertaining with the unpredictable nature of the sea. Sailing on a kayak is fascinating and alluring with whatever companions that you bring along.

North American people are naturally adventurous and with sea kayaking, you can discover and partake in a memorable voyage that takes you far and wide. It is a great exercise and provides the most ideal adventure especially for nature lovers where you can connect and embrace the beauty of the wide sea. You are the pilot of the kayak and you will guide it to conquer the unpredictable sea and waves. That is what I call adventure where you are solely responsible for your own safety as well as that of your companions.

With sea kayaking, you have to be equipped with the requisite skills to cope with the rough sea and all the unpredictability that it brings. Although sea kayaking can be fun, not everyone is suited for it as it demands strength, resilience and the spirit of adventure as well as permitting surprises on occasion too. The most essential quality is patience to rough through it as it can be lonely at times. For those with such qualities, it can be the most satisfying sea adventure.

People of all ages can enjoy sea kayaking as long as they are active but you need to note that sea kayaking can be very dangerous if you are not equipped with all the safety precautions. Those that are immersed in it will do it repeatedly for it is an incomparable sport. A sea kayaking adventure is a massive experience with unadulterated thrill when you out there battling nature. Whatever you do, so long as you put safety at the top of your concern, there is nothing that you can do out there when embracing the sea.

By: Ernest Tang

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Tips for finding the Best Inflatable Kayaks

by by Keith Lee

Inflatable kayaks are one of the best alternatives to hard shell kayaks, which are difficult to manage and store. Aside from being lightweight, inflatables can easily deflate and fit the trunk of your SUV or even a compact car. Their ability to fit in a small space is another big benefit, when traveling or even storing it in your house in off-season.

Though their cost may vary depending upon the models, inflatable kayaks are great for all those who have just started in the sport. You can get them in dozens of styles and each of them with many purposes, just like hard shell kayaks.

They weigh about half that of rigid shell kayaks. Even several tandem inflatable kayaks weigh much less than single rigid shell kayaks. When storing rigid kayak during winters, you may have to find sufficient space either in garage, an outside rack or storage building, but in case of inflatable kayak, you would need only small space equivalent to a cooler.

Here are a few tips that can help you in choosing from dozens of inflatable kayaks available:

Intended use

Irrespective of the brand you are interested in, you should first decide on how it will be used. Many inflatables are designed in a way that they can be used for many activities, although many are specialized just like hard shell counterparts.

Fishing kayaks are best for fisherman, and are equipped with built in shade, benches for storing accessories and fishing rods, and storage space. Whitewater inflatables are much tougher and meant specifically for whitewater rivers. Touring kayaks are mean for open water bodies such as oceans and lakes.

Quality and durability

Though rigid shell kayaks are more durable and are best for grade five or six rivers, still high quality inflatable kayaks can last for several years, even with considerable abuse. However, in any case, you should definitely avoid cheap and low quality as they are made mostly for gentle waters. When considering inflatables, you should check the quality of material. You can easily research on them online.

Tandem kayaks versus single kayaks

You will also have to decide whether you want a tandem kayak or single kayak. Tandem kayaks can be easily used by one or two people, but single kayaks are best for just one person. Many people prefer tandem models for their versatility, though single kayaks are much easier to steer. Ultimately, it depends upon one's individual preferences.

Choosing the right brand

Finally, you should choose a trusted brand that has been consistently offering high quality products. You may be paying slightly more, but you also have assurance that they will continue to serve you for years without any problem.

Inflatable kayaks are simple to care for, but you should ensure that they are completely dry before storing them away in storage bags. This will keep away any mildew or mold. You can protect its outer surface with UV protector spray, as it keeps the material strong and stops it from diminishing in direct sunlight.

Keith Lee is a sports enthusiast who loves kayaking. You can check his latest website at where he provides unbiased reviews and buying advice for a number of top manufactures of inflatable

The least expensive kayak is the "right" kayak! When I first opened I had a customer who bought a kayak. The next year he came back and got a better one. The same happened the next year and the year after. The lesson I learned from this is to make sure you have room to grow as a paddler. Had this customer bought a better boat the first year he might not have ended up with a garage full. ( This is a little tricky since if you get a kayak that is too advanced you could become discouraged.) TJ.

Ask the dealer! Most dealers will have sold hundreds of kayaks and gotten feedback from their customers. Any reputable dealer will recommend the kayak he/she thinks is best suited for your enjoyment. After all, do you want to take advice from the most knowledgeable person in the room or the least knowledgeable? LM.

Test Paddling - As a rule, I think test paddling is not a good way to choose your next purchase.Some times I insist the customer tests the kayak first especially if I think the kayak is too advanced for them, but usually beginners who test paddle will under buy. They buy a kayak they feel comfortable in today and a month later regret buying such a basic boat. I can't tell you how many people have come into my shop after buying a totally inappropriate boat for what they want to do and tell me I test paddled it and it was stable. If you do test paddle, listen to the Pro. They have seen hundreds of beginners and if they say you can handle a more advanced kayak you most likely can. After all they don't want to sell you some thing you are going to be complaining about. TK.

Paddling Festivals/Shows - If you have never been to one I highly recommend going. There are usually dozens of manufacturers reps there and these shows are a good source of information. Now for the bad part, the vast majority of shows are put on by one store. When you get there it looks like a bunch of competing dealers, when in fact there is only one. It doesn't matter which kayak you buy it all goes in the same cash box. Some shows like the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Fest have competing dealers. I really like these shows as you can get some seriously good deals at them. CF.

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