9 Tips for Solo Paddling / Kayaking Alone – Weekly Kayaking Tips – Kayak Hipster

9 Tips for Solo Paddling / Kayaking Alone – Weekly Kayaking Tips – Kayak Hipster

@cormacobric reached out with the request for this topic. I thought it was a great idea, so here’s 9 tips that can help you when paddling alone.

Please comment below with questions or if you’d like to share any other tips you like to do when you’re on solo adventures.

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  1. Rochmel on March 26, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Great video. I am new to kayaking and am planning my first trip away from my home river in a few weeks time. I thought I’d got all the bases covered but you have pointed out a couple of things I hadn’t thought of! Thanks. i’m now going to check out some of your other videos!

  2. Mark Balli on March 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Great advice. You have a great head on your shoulders.

  3. Monkey N Around on March 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Excellent advice for those looking to paddle alone.

  4. Magnus Persson on March 26, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Good tips all of them! When going solo, I think of less open water and perhaps follow a coastline instead. A small tent/tarp and a warm sleepingbag is good to have with you if stranded (bad weather). Thanks for sharing!

  5. Finn Steiner on March 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Awesome vid! Solo paddling can be a rewarding and introspective activity. Thanks for opening up a conversation on this subject – some feel it is a taboo subject. All of your points are great – all things I do on expedition too! Have fun and stay safe out there guys ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Takentime S on March 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    old fart here and I am learning to kayak and am solo. At my age if I want to do things with a little adventure then solo is usually the only way. Matter of fact been doing risky things solo most of my life. Did not want to endanger my wife.

  7. William Vanderpool on March 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    lol …. if your in a bug out you do not want anyone to know were your going your on your own .. more people will slow you down waste of time .keep safe out there bug out ready people.

  8. Lena Merkle on March 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    *I am very pleased with my kayak.โ†โ†>**share4.photo/sKayak?Lใƒž** It handles well and is perfect for, me, a novice. I was especially pleased that it was delivered before we originally thought it would be. I wanted the kayak before the 4th of July and it was scheduled to come in after. It arrived July 2nd! One suggestion, it should come with paddles.*

  9. Little PAW 1969 on March 26, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Good video!

  10. Norman Sufrin on March 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Loving your vids mate.

  11. Trail Trash Outdoors on March 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    New subscribers here from Trail Trash Outdoors! What great suggestions and tips! My brother and myself recently purchased our first kayaks and any tips and tricks will help us have a safer trip. Thanks! Much love-TTO

  12. John Jacob on March 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I really want to get into Kayaking but non of friends seem interested enough to join me. I don’t mind going out by myself, I actually love to be out by myself. I just don’t want to be out there alone while I’m learning something new and potentially dangerous.

  13. Full Life Adventures on March 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Great info. Thank you

  14. dawoollyman on March 26, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Great for me since I usually go alone. It’s not by choice but I understand the fear I often feel is actually healthy. Thanks!

  15. ulas o on March 26, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    You have a super Turkish accent for a Texan.

  16. Marko Kovac on March 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Great video but I would add one small not so usuall thing to do but it is at Tip 5 or more correct at 3:25. If you capsize and wind takes your kayak away you have huge problem! Dress apropriate is always good but in solo kayaking you should never lose your kayak cause there is more than one reason to keep your kayak always with you.
    To not lose it on solo kayaking in area of strong wind you should always have rope which is connecting you and kayak. That rope can be simple rope tie to your PFD and kayak. Problem is how long that rope should be, cause sometimes rope can be complication if is long and going in the Sea and bodering you.
    That is custom thing to do. Conclusion is that is always good to be tied to your kayak but also that connection (rope) should be simple and quick able to relase (like quick relase).
    It’s easy to be general after battle but if Andrew McAuley (movie Solo – 2008) was tied to his kayak on journey from Australia to New Zealand his body would be find not only kayak. ๐Ÿ™

  17. Ohio Vet Outdoors on March 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Excellent advice ๐Ÿ‘

  18. Robert Crain on March 26, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    One thing any solo kayaker needs to remember. If you can not self rescue then you need to be prepared to die if you capsize. Self rescue could be as simple as swimming to beach. Do not expect someone to come out and rescue you if you capsize and are paddling solo. Push your comfort zone when with a group but paddle with in your limits when solo.

  19. Maples and me on March 26, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Nice video with helpful advices. I’m going solo quite often because none of my friends are into kayaking as much as I am or even less. ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently started to do solo multi day tours and tend to prepare more for all eventualities as I would when paddling with others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips.

  20. Josephine Bennington on March 26, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    As tThorny Boy suggests, slow down. Donโ€™t need circular breathing. Your information is too good to leave us gasping to keep.

  21. Kayasper on March 26, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    I am planning a monster solo trip, so your ideas about padlling solo are very welcome. Thanks.

  22. John A on March 26, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Great video!!! Thanks for putting it together!

  23. Joseph Saeteurn on March 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    how do you deal with sharks that bite your kayak and sinking? i will NEVER go out alone.. no fish or adventure is worth it!

  24. Andy McKenna on March 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Solid advice! Was a pleasure to meet you at #Lumpy2017. I primarily paddle solo and this is good reinforcement that we should always hone those skills needed to reduce risk.

  25. Vincent O'Connor on March 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Great video, well done.

  26. Cormac ร“ on March 26, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Great Video. Thanks.

  27. PaddleDogC5 on March 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I go out alone a lot. I have cell in a Dry-Pak, and two VHF radios. One on deck with short bungee and Scotty clip, and one on my PFD with bungee and Scotty clip.

  28. Thorny_Boy718 on March 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Good god does he ever breathe between sentences!

  29. John Rau on March 26, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I donโ€™t have a lot of friends, so I donโ€™t have a lot of people to paddle with, therefore I usually go alone. This was very helpful!

  30. Azu Sali on March 26, 2020 at 4:08 pm


  31. Ghostlore on March 26, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    3 paddlers if possible is great advice. I find the 3rd paddler is the one who ends up grabbing the gear that always seems to float just out of reach ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Vik RM on March 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Great video. I paddle locally alone, but we are building a group of paddlers and the idea of three makes sense as a core group. Much appreciated safety advice..thank you. Keep the videos coming..

  33. Ray Andrews on March 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Excellent concise tips, well presented.

  34. J T on March 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I do everything alone. But I follow my instincts, and if something doesn’t feel right, I won’t do it. No one around here is into nature like I am, and this area is very self absorbed, ppl are deep in their own zone. I have done things alone my entire life but when it comes to the water, I am more cautious than usual.

  35. Chris Maggio on March 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I am usually alone, and honestly I rarely have more than 4 or 5 of those tips going on at any one time. I should. These are good and practical ideas. Thank you for making me feel guilty and thinking twice (I do mean that! Thank you)

  36. Outside TV on March 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm

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  37. Chuck K on March 26, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the great info. I usually paddle solo and often in the same locations so I may get lazy about prepping for all eventualities. This is a great reminder video on the things I should keep in mind since I am on my own. Really enjoy your videos so keep them coming!

  38. 1 234 on March 26, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    fantastic video and very well presented

  39. Rodrigo Schettino on March 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    sharing my tip..
    i fixed a cart on the kayak. i just need to turn it upside down when i land to move it out of the water.. no assembly needed.
    check this video https://youtu.be/DLs98HuKjNs cheers..

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