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“Living” With Kids on Boating Trips

Tips for making boating trips with kids enjoyable for all.

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12 Reasons To Start Paddling

A reprint from Canoe & Kayak Magazine on the many reasons for getting on the water.

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A Paddler's Dictionary

A reprint from Canoe & Kayak Magazine on many boating terms.

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Balancing Game: Yoga Therapy

River runner and yoga teacher Andria Davis explores the mind-body connection and how it can help us recover from injuries.

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Boaters and Dehydration

Body fluid loss can lead to serious consequences. How to recognize it and prevent it.

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Dry Bag Closure Instructions

Recommended Dry Bag Closure Instructions

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Educate Yourself and Trust Your Judgment

Build your confidence by increasing your boating skills.

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Flotation, Flotation, Flotation – Thinking About Sinking

For safety, add flotation bags to your touring kayak.

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Fueling the Fires Within

Nutrition needs for cold weather boating.

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Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species

How to prevent the spread of harmful organisms in our waterways.

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How Sun Protection Works

Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.

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How to Fit an Adjustable Bungee Sprayskirt

This video gives tips on how fit an adjustable bungee sprayskirt for a snug fit, while still allowing the skirt to be removed safely in a wet exit.

How To Choose, Skills & Tips

How to Fold an Inflatable Boat for Storage

In this video, the NRS Repairs crew gives you the tips and techniques to minimize stress on seams and materials by showing you how to fold an inflatable boat for storage.

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How to Install a Kayak Deck Rigging Kit

In this video, the NRS Repairs crew demonstrates how easy it is to install a kayak deck rigging kit.

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How to Install D-Rings and Footcups

NRS Repairs shows you the best ways to install D-rings and footcups and permanently glue them to Hypalon-, PVC- and urethane-coated materials

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How to Install Kayak Hip Pads

Properly installed hip pads are an important part of the kayak outfitting that allows you to be one-with-your-boat for maximum control and ease of rolling. This video gives you easy-to-follow instructions.

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How to Install NRS MaverIK Foot Braces

Learn how to install your IK performance package

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How to Practice the Kayak Wet Exit

How to practice the kayak wet exit,your back-up plan for when your roll doesnt work.

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How to Put on a Drysuit

We share a few tips for easily donning this most protective piece of cold-water boating apparel.

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How to Re-Enter a Sit-Inside Kayak

There are a number of ways to get back aboard your kayak if you go for a swim. This video covers several techniques when you have another paddler available to lend an assist.

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How to Roll a Strap for Storage

In this Quick Tips video, we show you how to roll your straps for tidy storage.

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How to Safely Get In and Out of Your Kayak

Getting in and out of your kayak can be tricky, especially for beginners. Whether its a sand or gravel beach, a dock or rocky shoreline, there are easy techniques to safely launch and land your boat

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How To Stretch a Sprayskirt

n this video, we show you how to stretch a sprayskirt to prevent water leakage and implosion.

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How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot

The Tautline Hitch - a great boater's knot.

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How to Wet Exit a Kayak

Getting out of the kayak, making a wet exit, isnt complicated, this video will show how to wet exit a kayak, helping you to get out smoothly and safely, while hanging on to your paddle and the boat.

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Kayak Outfitting Tips for Playboating

Proper kayak outfitting is essential to getting the most comfort and performance out of your playboat.

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Kayaking for Fitness

If youre looking for a great upper-body workout, kayaking for fitness cant be beat.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Do a Kayak Hand Roll

In this video from our Kayaking Fundamentals series, kayaking instructor Ken whiting demonstrates the three main elements of the hand roll: the setup, the catch and the recovery.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Execute the Extended Paddle Roll

In this video from our Kayaking Fundamentals series, kayak instructor Ken Whiting shows you how to execute the extended paddle kayak roll so its there when you need it.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do a High Brace

Expert kayaker Ken Whiting shows you how to execute the high brace in this second Kayaking Fundamentals video.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do a Kayak T-Rescue

The kayak T-Rescue is a great kayaking technique to master. You flip upside down and a buddy brings their boat up to assist you.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do a Sculling Brace

The sculling brace is an essential kayak technique that will help you advance in your paddling.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do a Sculling Draw Stroke

Whether youre in a sea kayak, sit-on-top, fishing kayak or whitewater boat, mastering the sculling draw stroke will move your paddling skills up a notch.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Do the Hip Snap

In Part V of our Kayaking Fundamentals video series, instructor Ken Whiting shows you how to practice the hip snap on your own or with a partner.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Roll a Sea Kayak - Part I

This video will teach you the basics on learning to roll a sea kayak.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Roll a Sea Kayak - Part II

This video will teach you the basics on learning to roll a sea kayak.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: How to Roll a Sea Kayak - Part III

This video will teach you the basics on learning to roll a sea kayak.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Kayaking With Kids

Kayaking with kids can be fun. Please be sure they always wear a life jacket that is sized for their body and properly fitted.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the C-to-C Kayak Roll

In this video you will learn that the C-to-C kayak roll is a great technique to have in your kayak roll quiver. It breaks the roll setup into two distinct steps the paddle sweep and the paddle down thrust.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the Kayak Sweep Roll

In this video you will learn that the kayak sweep roll is a very efficient way to roll your sea kayak or whitewater boat. Its smooth, low impact and gives you longer-lasting support from the paddle and more time to combine the hip snap with that paddle support.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Mastering the Offside Roll

Learning the offside roll and practicing it is important for preventing that unwanted swim

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Paddle a Tandem Kayak

Two people can paddle a tandem kayak while enjoying time together.This video gives great tips on how to make paddling the tandem easy and fun.

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Kayaking Fundamentals: Rolling a Kayak in Rough Water

This video will teach you the basics on learning to roll a sea kayak in rough water

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Kayaking Fundamentals: The Three Golden Rules of Paddling

Learn how to use a cooperative division of the body for key kayak strokes and for kayak rolling; how to maintain a power position to improve paddling strength and help prevent shoulder injuries; and how to achieve torso rotation in order to get your core upper body muscles involved in each stroke instead of just your arms.

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NRS Deck Bag Instructions

NRS Deck Bag directions show you how to setup your deck bag and attach it to your kayak.

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NRS Paddle Float Directions

Shop NRS for toluene, clifton and urethane adhesives for raft repair, inflatable boat repair, wet suit repair hypalon repair, punctured raft repair, and neoprene gasket repair.

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NRS PFD Hydration Pack Instructions

How to fill, clean and sanitize the hydration bladder. Also, directions for attaching it to your life jacket and using the accessory straps to wear it when hiking, running or biking.

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NRS Straps

See the different tie-down straps used to hold down raft frams, rafting gear and camping equipment.

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Overcoming Fear - New Boaters

Suggestions for overcoming the fear produced by a scary swim.

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Perfecting the Kayak Forward Stroke

The forward stroke is the most used and most important paddle stroke. This video shows how to execute it for more efficient and powerful paddling.

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Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Some helpful tips on preventing boater shoulder injuries.

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 10: Foot Entrapment Intro

Rescue for River Runners, swiftwater rescue instructor Jim Coffey introduces techniques for assessing foot entrapment situations and formulating a plan to assist the victim.

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 3: Swiftwater Swimming

Swimming efficiently in whitewater, or swiftwater swimming, is essential for self-rescue, rescuing others and building your kayaking, rafting and canoeing confidence.

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 4: Throw Bag Techniques

This video covers throw bag techniques including throwing,safely bringing the swimmer to shore, how to brace so you dont get pulled into the water, and how to catch and hold the rope if youre the swimmer

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 5: Victim Contact Techniques

This video covers victim contact techniques for safely paddling, swimming and wading out to the victim

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 6: The Rescue Harness

This video shows you how to safely and effectively use the quick-release rescue harness on your life jacket.

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 7: Live Bait Rescue

This video shows several different live bait techniques and describes the best ways to do them safely

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 8: Boat Extractions

This video demonstrates how to retrieve a pinned kayak or canoe using methods ranging from pushing and pulling to setting up a mechanical advantage system.

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Rescue Film Series: Ep. 9: Self Rescue

This video shows whitewater kayakers and canoeist the basic techniques for self rescue. It discusses how to swim to safety and how to avoid dangerous foot entrapment in moving water.

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Rescue Film Series: Episode 11: Foot Entrapment Strategies

foot entrapment strategies for making a river rescue

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Restorative Yoga for Boaters

Not all exercise routines make you more tired. You can reduce fatigue from paddling and the daily grind with these yoga techniques from Andria Davis.

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Rolling a Kayak

World Champion kayaker, Ken Whiting, gives pointers on learning to roll your kayak.

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Stretching Exercises for Paddlers

Stretching is essential for preventing muscle strain as well as healing injuries.

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The Kayaker's Pledge: Improving Your Kayak Roll

NRS ambassador Devon Barker-Hicks shares one of her favorite tools for rolling better the "Kayaker's Pledge."

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Touring Kayak Safety

Touring kayak safety doesnt have to be hard, and following a few commonsense guidelines will help keep you safe as youre learning kayaking skills.

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Using Yoga to Strengthen Your Hips for Kayaking

River runner and yoga instructor Andria Davis shows you some yoga techniques to help improve flexibility and strengthen your hips for kayaking as well as canoeing, rafting and SUP.

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What's in the Water

Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.

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Why Fish From a Kayak

Jerry White tells the reason he loves kayak fishing.

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Winter Paddling at its Warmest

Team NRS kayaker Devon Barker-Hicks gives gear recommendations for staying warm while paddling in icy waters.

Trip Planning, Skills & Tips, Safety

Winter Rolling Tune-Up

Your local swimming pool is a great place for perfecting your kayak roll. Team NRS kayaker Devon Barker-Hicks gives valuable tips for getting it dialed in.

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Yoga for Boaters' Back Pain

Core strength is your key to relief. In Yoga for Boaters' Back Pain, Andria Davis shows you how to use yoga to strengthen your body's core to help prevent back pain from paddling.

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Yoga for Boaters' Shoulder Pain

Don't let shoulder problems keep you from boating. With good technique and some guidance from Andria Davis, yoga can help you reduce pain and prevent injuries.

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Yoga for Off-Season Paddling Fitness

For paddlers living in areas with distinct boating seasons, cold or dry times of year can be a bummer. But, as author Andria Davis reminds us, the off-season gives you an opportunity to rejuvenate your body and mind.

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