Video: How to get started in kayaking

My day job is reporting for The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. Recently, the newspaper started a how-to video series on its Web site. The series features short videos of local experts teaching viewers how to do various things.

A couple of weeks ago, the staffers who put the videos together were up against a deadline and couldn’t get a local expert lined up. They asked if I would do a video about kayaking, and I agreed.

I’m somewhat reluctant to share the video with you, because there’s a reason I’m a print journalist and not a broadcaster. I don’t feel all that comfortable in front of the camera. But it’s not that easy to come up with blog posts several times a week, and this one fell into my lap. Besides that, I think the video turned out OK. It gives some basic tips about buying a kayak, getting into it and paddling calm lakes and rivers.

Here it is:

Categories: Outdoor Activities
Tags: Kayaking

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.


  1. John B
    John B 21 June, 2011, 18:38

    Cool video. I just started getting into kayaking last summer. Have went out a few times this summer although the weather hasn’t been the most accommodating on the available weekends I’ve had open. Do you have a suggestion of some good rivers and/or lakes in the eastern area to kayak? Is there any kayaking organizations in the area?

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  2. Seth
    Seth 21 June, 2011, 18:38

    @John B

    Here’s a good canoeing and kayaking brochure from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks that lists places to paddle:

    As to your question about organizations, there is at least one:

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