Here are some paddling resources to use. You can find weather conditions and places to paddle wherever you are on the planet.
Via the Internet - take some time to paddle around these sites. For weather and current warnings you can go to: www.WEATHER.GOV.
For weather and water temperature go to www.WEATHER.COM - click on Sports & Recreation, then Boat & Beach.
Via Radio to find the current weather and water temperature dial NOAA's weather radio - NWR (National Weather Radio). It covers 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the US Pacific Territories. Continual broadcasts are found on the VHF (MHz) bands as follows: 162.400 - 162.425 - 162.450 - 162.475 - 162.500 - 162.525 - 162.550
A really Cool Tool
On the internet, go to Google.com, check out Google Earth - it's offered as a free download. Review the quick tutorial and have a blast with it. You can view potential paddling sites from various vantage points without leaving your seat!
To Find Paddling Locations
Check online on your states' government pages - paddle around the site to find the references to the state parks, lakes, ponds, etc.
Your library or bookstore should carry (by subject) local guide references. In some cases, information for several states are enjoined into an area guide.
I've compiled a group of regional paddling locations that may interest you. They are a great resource if you plan on visiting a particular area or to find paddling locations near you, click on Paddling Locations.
If you have a favorite paddling location and would like to pass it along to other readers of this site - drop a line in the Feed Back form. As this site grows, it will include paddling resources from readers like you!
To Find Kayaks and Gear
Click on the here to find quality paddling gear and more.
To Find Paddling Lessons
To find a class in your area that teaches basic kayaking skills, click
The American Canoe Association (ACA) - Kayak and Canoe Recreation, is a long time non-profit organization in service to provide education of paddle sports. They are a great resource for information. Their individual membership is reasonable and includes a one year subscription to Paddler Magazine; it allows you to participate in events countrywide. They also offer certified kayak instruction including entry level (see their Area Calendar) for this. This group partners with all the safety "heavy hitters", like the USCG, NSBA and various other boating and paddling organizations. You can find them at: www.americancanoe.org
The National Safe Boating Council is a prominent non-profit boating safety organization. They've been around since 1958. Sixty five percent of their membership is other non-profit organizations having an interest in boating safety and education. They offer a reasonably priced membership that includes a one-year subscription to their Go Boating magazine, access to training programs and product discounts. On their site, you can find additional safety and paddling resources. You can find them at: www.safeboatingcouncil.org
A great educational index.
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