Your kayak paddle separates into two pieces at a joint. It’s not uncommon for these pieces to stick together. Learning what causes this, and how to prevent it, will save you time during your next kayaking trip.


If you cannot separate your kayak paddle, you will not be able to adjust its angle to feather it according to the wind on your next trip. Storage also becomes an issue when you can’t separate your paddle into two pieces.


Salt deposits build up during ocean outings. If you leave your paddle together after your trip, the salt welds your paddle together.


To separate your paddle, soak it in fresh water or spray water from a hose around the joint. This will help dissolve the salt crystals. Expect to still need to pull and pry to get the pieces apart.


Separate your paddle immediately after your trip and rinse the salt off with fresh water. Store your paddle in two pieces.


Even if you only paddle in fresh water, separating your paddle for storage reduces the chance of the paddle joint becoming sticky.


Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.

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