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Are you looking for an alternative to a canoe or a decked kayak? Feel confined in a spray skirt? If you are interested in paddling a sea kayak, river kayak or just want to float about on a lake or pond, you will find the information you need to get the most out of your paddling efforts right here. Paddlesports enthusiast are using these revolutionary self-bailing, open-top kayaks for all aspects of traditional paddling and expanding their use into other watersports. Scuba diving, snorkeling and spear fishing, as well as pole fishing are becoming popular pastimes with this new form of open-deck kayak. Ocean surfing on a waveski or scrambler is a thrill. You can use a sit-on-top for exercise or outdoors adventure like touring, wilderness camping, nature exploration and bird watching.
If you are, or want to be paddling in flatwater or whitewater, riding waves in a rockgarden, or racing a surfski, then this is where you will want to be when you are not on the water. In these web pages you will be able to learn all about sit-on-top kayaks through reports and articles as well as by sharing your own knowledge in our Sit-on-top Forum. From simple questions about how to attach your backrest to your boat; choosing a paddle; determining the difference between a bowline and a lifeline; what kneestraps and a paddle-leash are for, to discovering new paddling destinations and partners; new boat designs for your particular needs; schools, clubs & outfitters.
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Tom Holtey, ACA Certified Coastal Kayak Instructor, PADI Certified Open Ocean Diver, NOLS Graduate & Author of "Sit-on-top Kayaking, A Beginner's Guide," "Tandem Sit-on-top Kayaking," "Kayak Navigation Basics," & "Cold Water Kayaking."
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