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Kayaking Techniques

This list of kayaking technique resources was compiled by BASK Safety & Education Content Curator Rich Luibrand for the benefit of all paddlers. Although watching a video is not a substitute for taking a class with an instructor, it can inspire you to learn a new skill, give you a mental image of what good technique looks like, help you troubleshoot techniques that you're working on, or brush up on existing knowledge! If you have suggestions for additions to the list, please contact Rich.

The Basics—Safer Paddling

(8 short videos by Paul and Kate Kuthe)

How to Dress

General Kayaking and Strokes

Rescue and Recovery Techniques



Paddling in Wind

Surf Zone

Greenland Paddling Techniques

Advanced Kayaking Techniques

Wilderness First Aid


Any NOAA nautical chart can be displayed from within Google Earth and can be downloaded as a separate file. You can even adjust the transparency (opacity) of the chart to allow you to see features of both the nautical charts and the satellite images. First watch the YouTube video via this link: David Burch's Tutorial
The Google Earth link described in the YouTube video has changed. To open nautical chart-enabled Google Earth, download and open this link: Get Nautical Charts


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