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Launching into the Rapids: Welcome to Flow Kayaks’ Paddling Blog!

Hello everyone! We’re super excited to announce the launch of the Flow Kayaks blog space. As I’m sure many of you know, Flow started out almost 6 years ago, out of a passion for paddlesports and a desire to get the best gear on the market into the UK. Over time, Flow Kayaks has grown, we’ve had the opportunity to meet and help a whole load more of you UK paddlesports enthusiasts, and 3 years ago we even finally set...

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Do I need a licence to paddle? British Waterways Licence FAQ

If you wish to get out on the water in England and Wales in a Canoe, Kayak, or Stand Up Paddleboard, chances are you will need a British Waterways licence. We are often asked in our Nottingham Kayak Shop by our customers if they need a UK boating licence, or canoeing and kayaking licence. Below we will answer some FAQs to help you decide if a British Waterways Licence is needed for your paddling.

River Trent Weirs Guide

The River Trent is home to one of the finest whitewater courses in the world, with world class features such as the Inlet Gate, and home to the 2022 Freestyle World Championships. But what happens when the river rises and the whitewater course closes? ...all is not lost! The River Trent Weirs offer some of the best waves in the country at higher river levels!

Best Women’s Buoyancy Aids and PFDs in 2024

Me (Tamsyn) in the Hiko Sport Guardian 3D    Facebook   Twitter   Messenger   Linkedin   WhatsApp It's crazy to think that not so long ago, women's specific PFDs didn't really exist. Thankfully, in 2024 the selection of women's buoyancy aids is growing! So we now have an increasing number of options to choose from! We’ve put together this handy guide of some of the best women’s kayak, canoe and SUP buoyancy aids on the market in 2024. Some of these are specifically designed for...

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5 Essential Tips for Choosing the Perfect Paddle and Board Combo

Flow Kayaks Watersports Shop provides a comprehensive guide for selecting the ideal paddle and board combination, offering five critical tips: assess your skill level and use, consider board and paddle materials and construction, determine the correct size and volume, test various paddle lengths and blade shapes, and read expert reviews. They also highlight the importance of understanding the different board types and the role of additional accessories for a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Which Spray Deck for Kayaking Do I Need?

Choosing the right spray deck for kayaking can make a significant difference in your overall experience on the water. A spraydeck helps keep water out of your kayak and there are multiple options out there. Have a read of our quick guide in picking the right spray deck for your kayak. Material For many beginners, paddlers in kayak clubs and also flat water paddlers, nylon spray decks prove to be an excellent starting point. They are affordable, durable and easy to use....

Paddle Your Way to Their Heart: A Valentine’s Gift Guide from Flow Kayaks

Tamsyn and David Love is in the air, and in the rivers too. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by surprising your special someone with a unique and adventurous gift? This Valentine's Gift Guide is curated with passion for paddling, ensuring that your loved one's heart races not only from love but also from the thrill of the water. Romantic Sunset Paddle: Take romance to the next level with a sunset tour. Paddle along serene waters as the sun sets, casting...