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Since kayaking whitewater is a bit hard to do in the time of #socialdistancing, CKS Online is providing some distractions, light reading, and ideas for COVID-19 life.

Take advantage of your free time now so you can spend more time paddling later.

Updated April 1, 2020.

Read these paddling / outdoor publications online

Read these books about rivers in the Southwest

Read these books about other rivers and running them

Study up on river knowledge

Perfect that gear list

  • Use CKS Online Wishlist to curate all your paddling needs and wants
  • Check out CKS Online Reviews at the bottom of each product page to see if a product is right for you
  • Read our 5 Things You Didn't Know You Needed on a River Trip blog to make sure you don't miss something that you'll regret

Plan your next paddling destination

  • Read up on your dream river, and see if a River Map is available for help finding where to layover camp or side-hike

Stay as active and connected to nature as you can

  • Go for a walk in your neighborhood, and take the pick up trash pledge from American Rivers
  • Explore National Parks like Canyonlands, Big Bend, Acadia, and Grand Canyon on Google Maps
  • Did you know you can go down the Yampa through Dinosaur National Monument using Google Streetview!?

Listen to adventure or river podcasts


Maintain / Improve Your Gear

  • Restore the water repellency of your drywear with 303 High Tech Fabric Guard
  • Fix up your hypalon or urethane gear
  • Replace blown or worn gaskets
  • Organize your gear
  • Label your gear with your name and phone number



  • Groover art! Decorate your ammo cans.
  • Music! Learn some songs to share or sing with others on river trips



  • We are living in a new era of interconnectedness. Share your skills with those in your house or record a video and post it online. Some ideas on skills to share include how to tie basic paddling knots or how to clean your drysuit
  • A positive attitude

Did we miss something? Share your favorite outdoor-related indoor activity with us in the comments below.

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