Practical Solutions for Your Paddling Endeavors from North Water

North Water Logo
Made for paddlers.

The name North Water isn’t anything new in the world of paddlesports or to In fact, the Vancouver based manufacturer is a widely known brand among experts and professionals in the field of paddling and professional rescue. The reason? Their variety of specialized products to help keep users comfortable, safe & organized come with a guarantee – that North Water products are made by experienced professionals with a dedication to quality.

Safety is the Solution to Help Prevent a Problem

The company got it’s start as a response to tragedy. Founder & owner, Lindsay Merchant witnessed his friend and paddling partner in a life ending canoeing accident. Afterwards, he found the resolve to take paddling safety seriously resulting in the design of his first product. He had this to say in a recent interview for the North Water blog:

“From the beginning we have designed all North Water safety and rescue gear to be as effective and reliable as possible , always with an emphasis on custom designing related to the specific needs of a paddler, being able to keep turning that product out in record time while making it last beyond the life of the paddler. I think water rescue is as dynamic as its environment, so I often tend to over engineer what I build, trying to make it work for as many different scenarios as possible.” – Lindsay Merchant

Today, they’ve designed a wide range of paddling safety equipment which can be found at, all with  glowing reviews from our customers. Take a look for yourself – not a single product has less than four out of five stars!

North Water Designs For Paddlers With Specific Needs

Interior Mounted Cockpit Bag
Not something you’ll find at Walmart.

A browse through the’s selection of North Water products and it quickly becomes clear that these are some very niche products designed by people who know paddling. Need a tow line that puts the strain on a kayak’s coaming rather than the paddler? What about interior mounted cockpit bags for sit-inside paddlers not wearing a spray skirt? Each product is made to serve specific needs for paddlers.

One of their more unique products is the 4 Play Paddle Float, which serves not one but, as its name implies, four different purposes beneficial to paddlers. It functions as a paddle float, camp chair, extra sleeping cushion for camping and protective padding for your kayak. See it in action in this video:

So paddlers, what’s your need? Take a look & see if there’s a North Water product for it. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on our site, comment below – we want to know, plus we always have the option to put in a special order! Ask us about their custom made Canoe Spray Deck too – with a 2-3 week turnaround time they can build exactly what you need.

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