Packing a sea kayak is something that many paddlers spend time refining and tinkering with. There are no absolute rules but a few key concepts or ideas that can aid with packing in a more secure or organised fashion. The following two videos demonstrate two different paddler’s chosen methodology.
Roddy McDowell is a BCU Level 4 coach and 5 Star Leader. He runs Kayak Bute as well as being Scotlands Tiderace dealer. In association with Lomo Watersports he has just released this detailed video on his strategy for packing a sea kayak. An interesting watch that not only shows how and where he packs his kit but also gives an insight into what he packs.
Credit goes to Dave Johnstone at Paddling Instructor for alerting me to this short video from Kokatat Watersports on how to pack a Sea Kayak. Kokatat sponsored Sea Kayak instructor Paul Kuthe walks the viewer through his methodology for packing a sea kayak and shares some tips and tricks for making the most of the available space.
There are no huge surprises for the experienced paddler however for relative newcomers to sea kayaking it is a useful introduction to the packing a boat. It’s also the first time I’ve heard a deck hatch referred to as a ‘glovebox’!