Top 5 Kayaking Tips and Skills for Beginners

Top 5 Kayaking Tips and Skills for Beginners

The top 5 kayaking tips to help make you a better paddler are explained by World Champion kayaker, Ken Whiting, in this episode of PaddleTV. Understanding these five tips will help you become a safer and more efficient paddler, allowing you to better enjoy your time on the water.

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  1. Dragon43ish on January 11, 2020 at 11:20 am

    ….hey fools what a great way to drown……

  2. Vladimir Vetrov on January 11, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Hello! How about that. Via paypal, fast shipping, only 380$. Not China.

  3. Oddly Random Productions on January 11, 2020 at 11:25 am

    most people are rudderless.

  4. Chris Marchi on January 11, 2020 at 11:25 am

    This is for people who have never seen water or something? Lmfao. This is a joke of a video. Barely any true paddling technique, no channel safety, no navigation tips, etc.

  5. Pablo Ferrer on January 11, 2020 at 11:26 am


  6. R C on January 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

    what a jackass, he put click bait on this video and didnt even show it, prickkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  7. Brandon McBadass on January 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Department of Homeland Security?! 🤔 what the hell am i about to watch?

  8. R Defender2 on January 11, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Recommend a fold down J-Rack that fits into your garage and doesn’t need to be taken on/off, add expandable lanyard with Velcro to paddle and then clip to kayak, and use Rivet gun with special Kayak rivets to attach your accessories.

  9. gnarmarmilla on January 11, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for the video guys. One thing you messed up, it is a wonderful thing to have a beer on the river in your kayak, it isn’t against the law except in some places and God has said “wine gladdens the heart of man.”

    The appropriate statement would be, “don’t get drunk on your kayak.”

    Getting drunk is foolish and will lead to great suffering of many kinds but alcohol is a blessing especially in scenic and peaceful places that you might find while kayaking.

  10. Mudnut59 on January 11, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Great tips for all kayakers, I Love Kayaking…

  11. SuperJona YT on January 11, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Tip number #1 don’t crash

  12. Phone Email on January 11, 2020 at 11:31 am

    You boating dollars at work? I’d like to know how much the department of homeland security spent on this… especially when so many YouTube produce better videos for free lol

  13. Shweta Das on January 11, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for publishing such a beautiful video. I’ve just learned kayaking and enjoying my kayak-time. It is indeed very good for keeping up the fitness and healthy lifestyle. I’ve just made a short video with my kayak 🙂 Please feel free to watch it and let me know your valuable feedback. Cheers 😀

  14. bob jalockowitz on January 11, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Appreciate the video. Thank you for the refresher course before I go out for the first time this year.
    *sweet hat too!*

  15. Gregory Kitchens on January 11, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Great video. The biggest reason I chose an inflatable kayak instead of s hardshell, besides price, was that they are so much harder to flip and far easier to get back into. They have their drawbacks, for example mine is a 2 person kayak so it’s a little heavier, a little slower than most, and it is definitely susceptible to being pushed around by the wind, though it’s not bad, not nearly as bad as an inflatable row boat. There is a small island in the lake i paddle at that is swimming distance from where I launch bit the boating lane is between my launch area and the island so I have to be extra careful that no boats are anywhere around before I head toward it. My kayak is bright yellow and my life vest is bright orange so I’m pretty visible but I don’t like to assume i can be seen, never know what idiot decided to drink and boat. I’ve practiced falling out of the kayak and getting back in both in water where i could reach, and in water above my head. also have anyone who will be in the kayak woth me practice it, and practice helping each other. Never carry much gear beyond my car keys and phones, they stay in water proof case that floats. My vests also have loud whistles on them and we don’t go out on open water if the wind is higher than 15 mph gusts, or if the wind is pushing south of my launch location. Those are things I do to make sure we stay safe. I’ve also learned even with the wind and waves pushing the right direction it can still be harder to get back than you think. Last time we went out, we paddles into the wind the entire time so we could let the wind help is get back easier when we were more tired. Well we turned around to head back and the wind stopped entirely. We made it back in half the time it took to head out but we had to paddle hard for the entire time, as opposed to a leisurely pace on the way out, against the wind. Maybe just because it didn’t Feel like we were going very fast, I don’t know.

  16. Toxcity on January 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

    My kayak dosnt have a bulk head but it does have foam in the rear is that enough to keep it afloat if I was to flip or somthing

  17. Buddar on January 11, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Kayaking sucks ass (in my opinion)

  18. Erin Meany on January 11, 2020 at 11:39 am

    My kayak fits inside my van…

  19. Ken Koellner on January 11, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Actually, most sea kayaks have skegs to keep your boat from weather cocking. Skegs have a couple advantages over rudders. If you are in waves, waves from behind can lift your rudder out of the water making it less effective. A skeg is a couple feet forward under the boat. Second, if you are playing in rocks, it’s easy to break a rudder hanging off the back of the boat.

  20. Becoming Dauntless on January 11, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Buying a rudder is the first tip? Some beginners struggle to even afford fucking kayaking lessons.

  21. Tyler Westphal on January 11, 2020 at 11:42 am

    So I just did 37 miles on my wal mart kayak a couple days ago and I definitely broke all three of those rules… life vest was under me for extra cushion, had a beer every couple of hours, and definitely should have covered my legs to keep from sunburn…but the rudder probably would’ve helped with the wind.

  22. Ron T on January 11, 2020 at 11:45 am

    45 years kayaking, ocean, K-1, K-2 and surfski marathon. Some of this is not exactly accurate, weather cocking. It’s all about technique. If you keep your paddle in front of you and not catch and pull past your knees, your boat will go straight. All these paddlers are not reaching forward to enter with paddle. They enter right beside the boat and pull behind them. This is wrong. It slows the boat down, creates an unstable boat and makes the boat without a rudder go side to side. The catch and pull should be no more than 6 inches in front of your hip.

  23. Jarrod Penton on January 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

    What if you are already drunk but not drinking in the kayak is it ok then lol

  24. James Stimpson on January 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Haha don’t drink alcohol? 16 of us just did a 26 mile river trip. We had some moonshine in a water pistol passing round and more beer and spirits than you can imagine. No one died or was harmed, except from Steve. Steve needed his stomach pumped. Don’t be Steve.

  25. Zod on January 11, 2020 at 11:47 am

    How can someone with such bad form in the boat be teaching anyone?

  26. da ne on January 11, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I claim the beach, and me and the birds and beaver own the lake now, I am proud float cabin owner. LOL

  27. Matthew Wheaton on January 11, 2020 at 11:49 am

    "Get a rudder." … meanwhile showing no one kayaking with a rudder. SMH

  28. AllAmericanGuy01 on January 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Speaking of kayaks…Has anyone seen my car keys? I can’t find them.

  29. farmerallis on January 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Don’t drink alcohol and paddle? The fuck am I supposed to do then?

  30. Takingout thetrash on January 11, 2020 at 11:57 am

    – but I like getting a good buzz and doing outdoors activities lol

  31. mlugin on January 11, 2020 at 11:57 am

    I‘ll surely will bring a beer when kayaking

  32. Arabella Davido on January 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm


  33. Lord Loving on January 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hello 👋 water lovers. Kayaking by to say…”you put yer paddle in, paddle out, in out in out shake it awe aboot, ye dae the hocky cocky and ye splash about, and that’s whit it’s awe aboot”! Legalise ja Herb 🌿

  34. Marcus B on January 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Kayaking tips: 04:45. LMAO

  35. Miroslav Drábek on January 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    The video is old, but it’s still up to date and current. Thanks for the inspiration. Nice shots and movie.

  36. malcolm nicholls on January 11, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I don’t think blue or dark lifejackets are a great safety idea. Am I alone here? Good video though.

  37. c fedyszyn on January 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Just yesterday I experienced trying to paddle when the wind was coming hard at the side of the kayak. Never thought of a rudder. It was very tiring.

  38. kaya miya on January 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm
  39. Sam Seal on January 11, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Delete if not allowed.

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  40. Zeishurra Hallowell on January 11, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    was excited i didnt even bother looking up. would have a better experience

  41. Vinny Whalen on January 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I am going on a 15 mile kayak trip with my boy scout troop and I look forward using these tips

  42. Christopher Dashtban on January 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I just watched a short clip from portlandia

  43. Great Lakes Paddle Club on January 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Great info!

  44. Ron Cooper on January 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    It’s a PFD!! Personal Flotation Device!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Marcos Castro on January 11, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Why is the volume of background music so high? There are moments were it is well over the voice!

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  47. Mark Ishii on January 11, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Paddle with a friend and have fun!

  48. Ron T on January 11, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    In Seattle, the students call it "kaboozing"- booze kayaking

  49. Amanda Koss on January 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Did anyone else see that guys balls when it was showing you how to get in the yak out of the water? I was laughing way too hard at this

  50. Guy Miklos on January 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Drinking and paddling don’t go together but drinking and being at the helm of a giant cabin cruiser is ok?  if I can have an adult beverage while paddling a quiet river in July then someone buy my yak..cmon bro!

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