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Top Paddling Schools

By Ann Beman - Updated by GreatOutdoors

Top Paddling Schools: For Whitewater Kayak, Canoe, and Sea Kayak.

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The Basics: Getting Started Rafting

By Mark Sundeen

All the gear, how-to advice, and location information you need to feel free and easy on the river

Canoe Camping

By Beth Geiger

Plan, pack and paddle. A comprehensive guide to low impact camping and high paddling fun by Beth Geiger.

From Bow to Stern

By Beth Geiger

A canoe or kayak is a backpacker's dream: so much space for gear!

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Becoming a Surf Kayaker

By Ann Beman

Surf lingo--don't let the terminology stand between you and a great time out on the water. Learn how to play before you jump in.

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A Noncamper Conquers Canyonlands

By Karen Laski

Self-confessed non-camper Karen Laski spends 12 days in the wild and enjoys (almost) every minute of it.

Planning Your Sea Kayaking Trip

By Ann Beman

Some quick guidelines for getting out on the water and having a good time.

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Getting the Angle on a Shorter Boat

By Dennis Stuhaug

Adjust your boat's relative length for a softer landing over ledges or surf.

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Headwaters Institute

By Ann Beman

Learn more about the Headwaters Institute, a non-profit organization working toward bettering the education and communication between national river communities and the general public.

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Through the Gate

By Dennis Stuhaug

Put the fun back in fundamentals by using an English Gate to shake off the winter rust.

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Signaling Your Intentions

By Dennis Stuhaug

Here's a review of the American Whitewater Affiliation's set of paddling signals.

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Paddling Communities

By Ann Beman

Paddling communities are a way of staying on top of events, supporting local groups, and being involved in river access and cleanup.

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On Edge?

By Dennis Stuhaug

The 'Hip Flick' is your key to stability when high seas put you on edge.

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Showers of Diamonds

By Jeff Rennicke

Explore the universal allure of falling water with outdoor writer Jeff Rennicke.

Start Easy, Go Wild!

By Kristi Streiffert

Stress-free outdoor adventures with kids? Kristi Streiffert explains how.

Capturing the Moment

By Jeff Rennicke

You too can keep a journal: Writer Jeff Rennicke's step- by- step guide to writing down your wilderness adventures.

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