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.

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  1. Chuck K on March 10, 2021 at 11:22 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!

  2. Thorny_Boy718 on March 10, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Good god does he ever breathe between sentences!

  3. Lena Merkle on March 10, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    *I am very pleased with my kayak.↝↝>**share4.photo/sKayak?Lマ** 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.*

  4. William Vanderpool on March 10, 2021 at 11:23 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.

  5. Cormac Ó on March 10, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Great Video. Thanks.

  6. dawoollyman on March 10, 2021 at 11:29 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!

  7. Sandy_Clawz on March 10, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Finally a Solo video, im so tired of watching videos and going to boating classes and being stopped by river control being told I need to kayak with a buddy. It’s like people are so dumb they don’t know how to take care of themselves so they need to take another person with them. I get there is always a chance of an accident but frankly If I had to do any of my kayaking, camping, and hiking with a buddy I would just have to stay home and do nothing. I only have my work friends and they are all Barbie dolls that smoke weed and don’t do anything with nature. So solo trips are the only way I can get out and have fun, though I take all the precautions just in case something happens.

  8. P Dee on March 10, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    safe, safe, safe, safe – and these hipsters call it an adventure?

  9. Kerri Lovell on March 10, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you!

  10. boatman222345 on March 10, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I worked for years as a professional Maine Guide teaching sea kayaking and for the past 25 years I’ve been a licensed boat captain running charter boat trips. Other than that I have basically done everything by myself. I’ve hiked, bicycled, snowshoed, cross country skied, canoed, kayaked, sailed, and motor boated many thousands of miles solo. I’ve even done some solo ice climbing although I must admit that did mot turn out to be as enjoyable as I might have hoped for and I can’t say as I recommend it. The secret to all my solo travels and activities was knowing my limits and staying within them. Much is made of the supposed safety of groups but truth be told in the out of doors world when all is said and done we must all ultimately rely upon ourselves. A group of 3 sea kayakers caught in a storm quickly becomes 3 individual sea kayakers caught in a storm and how well things turn out has more to do with individual judgement and skill than with the "group." This is not to say that group activities are bad and beginning outdoor adventurers can learn much from the more experienced, and in a very real sense be more safe. But the blanket prohibition against solo outdoor adventure sometimes places too high an emphasis upon depending upon others and too little on depending upon oneself.

  11. John A on March 10, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Great video!!! Thanks for putting it together!

  12. Outside TV on March 10, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    What’s up Kayak Hipster crew? This is an awesome video, thanks for sharing your tips about paddling by yourself, especially the safety ones! This is why we think it would make a great addition to our video of the month contest! Just upload it to http://campfire.outsidetv.com/home and you could have the chance to win a kayak, cooler, and be featured on Outside TV! See you on Campfire!

  13. Joseph Saeteurn on March 10, 2021 at 11:38 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!

  14. PaddleDogC5 on March 10, 2021 at 11:40 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.

  15. Magnus Persson on March 10, 2021 at 11:43 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!

  16. Marko Kovac on March 10, 2021 at 11:43 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. 🙁

  17. Josephine Bennington on March 10, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    As tThorny Boy suggests, slow down. Don’t need circular breathing. Your information is too good to leave us gasping to keep.

  18. Ghostlore on March 10, 2021 at 11:47 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 🙂

  19. Kayasper on March 10, 2021 at 11:48 pm

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

  20. GooshawnXD on March 10, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    My duck kayaks with me so I’m never paddling alone 😆😆
    Great tips. First thing I do when I get a new kayak is flip it and make sure I can get back in. I do so often on lakes so I’m ready if it happens on the river. I used to keep my dry bag strapped in the kayak until the one time I flipped it for a swim and my foot got caught in it. I was able to get out of it quickly but I’m glad it happened in calm waters and that I could learn from this mistake.
    It’s like knowing how to change a flat on your car….something you just really need to know how to do before any trip.

  21. John Rau on March 10, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I don’t have a lot of friends, so I don’t have a lot of people to paddle with, therefore I usually go alone. This was very helpful!

  22. Vincent O'Connor on March 10, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Great video, well done.

  23. Finn Steiner on March 10, 2021 at 11:51 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 🙂

  24. Rochmel on March 10, 2021 at 11:53 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!

  25. pandanus creek films on March 10, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    this was super helpful

  26. Maples and me on March 10, 2021 at 11:53 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. 🙂 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.

  27. Vik RM on March 10, 2021 at 11:54 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..

  28. Anthony Renaud on March 10, 2021 at 11:57 pm

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

  29. Joseph Arndt on March 10, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Do you know of any social kayak clubs online

  30. John Jacob on March 10, 2021 at 11:59 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.

  31. Full Life Adventures on March 11, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Great info. Thank you

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  33. Chris Maggio on March 11, 2021 at 12:05 am

    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)

  34. Ohio Vet Outdoors on March 11, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Excellent advice 👍

  35. Ray Andrews on March 11, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Excellent concise tips, well presented.

  36. Robert Crain on March 11, 2021 at 12:06 am

    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.

  37. Monkey N Around on March 11, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Excellent advice for those looking to paddle alone.

  38. lets improve it by mesmerising challenges on March 11, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Most of comments gives a unique reason to go kayaking solo . They are fun to read ..

  39. Barrie Reid on March 11, 2021 at 12:13 am

    It seems here in Scotland that the helmet is not often used. I am an ex A&E/ITU nurse so relish keeping my head protected. Dry suit all year round. Spare paddle and VHF a must. My repair kit, is to carry a few strands of High density plastic and a scraper. I can use my wood burning stove to heat up the scraper and fill in the gashes caused by rocks/barnacles….oh and Gorilla tape.

  40. Trail Trash Outdoors on March 11, 2021 at 12:13 am

    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

  41. Norman Sufrin on March 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Loving your vids mate.

  42. Rodrigo Schettino on March 11, 2021 at 12:16 am

    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..

  43. J T on March 11, 2021 at 12:18 am

    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.

  44. Takentime S on March 11, 2021 at 12:18 am

    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.

  45. MelloYellow308 on March 11, 2021 at 12:19 am

    This video seems to me is aimed towards rough ocean kayaking.

  46. Andy McKenna on March 11, 2021 at 12:21 am

    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.

  47. ulas o on March 11, 2021 at 12:21 am

    You have a super Turkish accent for a Texan.

  48. Dragiwolf ! on March 11, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Thx I just got a kayak and this helps a lot!

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