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How Far Have You Gone While Kayaking – How to Keep Track

Kayaking is a great way to get out there in the sun, have a good time, and enjoy nature, but there are always new things to learn, whether you’re just starting out as a hobbyist or have been doing so for years.

One such thing is how to measure distance when kayaking, which can be done in a few different ways. It’s definitely gotten easier, over the years, which is an added bonus, but to be sure, let’s go over how to track distance kayaking – well, a few ways.

Firstly, it’s a good idea to map out your kayak trip (or an approximation) ahead of time. And, while that may seem self-explanatory, it will help you keep track of distance (as long as you’re keeping track of landmarks that you may have noted on your map).

Second, getting a waterproof, or “rugged,” GPS is a highly accurate way to track where you are, where you’re going, and how fast you’re getting there. As technology has improved over the years, you’ll be able to get your hands on one that’s pretty reliable.

  • To add to that note, remember, there are even watches that are GPS-enabled, so shop around and see what suits YOU best. Water-resistant and waterproof watches have a variety of features that come packed in, but always be sure to check on what matters – the device’s resistance to water, accuracy of the GPS, battery life, and clarity of display should be paramount. After that, it’s up to you.

Garmin and Polar GPS Smart Watches can help you track your route, distance, and pace of movement, so they would fit the bill nicely.

Garmin Instinct Solar
Garmin Instinct Solar
Polar Vantage V2
Polar Vantage V2

Finally, going back to the advent of technology, you can track distance with an app. Working in tandem with the good, old-fashioned mapping of your trip we talked about earlier, you can use Apple or Google Maps to stick to exactly (or as close as possible) what you had planned out ahead of time. There are even apps that exist specifically for kayaking, such as GoPaddler, which tracks speed, distance, and stroke rate, while synchronizing with your GPS.

Another great app is Go Paddling (available on Android and iPhone), which helps you find locations (over 25,000 of them, like the Salt River or Saguaro Lake)

Go Paddling App

Another great app is Go Paddling (available on Android and iPhone), which helps you find locations (over 25,000 of them, like the Salt River or Saguaro Lake)

These are some solid ways how to track distance kayaking, and while there are bound to be more as time goes on, just be sure to be prepared and enjoy your time out there! When you’re ready, drop by our rental page, get the gear you need, and have the time of your life!

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