The top 5 apps that every paddler needs

Apps for paddling

Although paddling is a great activity to get away from technology and immerse yourself in the outdoors there are some great apps available to help you plan and carry out an enjoyable and safe trip out on the water. Of course, there is an App for everything when it comes to paddling including activity tracking, learning new skills and techniques and finding paddling events however we have narrowed it down to our top 5 Apps that we always have to hand when we are out paddling. 

Go Paddling
  • This is a great app to find inspiration for new paddling routes worldwide
  • Users can upload their routes free of charge to offer advice and insights of their favourite paddles
  • Each location can include information like parking availability, launch points, permit requirements, accessibility, amenities and photos
  • Add routes to 'Trip Plan' and 'Favourites' section for your future trips 
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  • There are many activity trackers available which you can use to record your kayak and paddleboard trips but paddlelogger has been specifically designed for paddlers and is simple to use and comes with the option to track your training goals
  • Can be controlled using Siri or your apple watch so you don't have to get your phone out of your dry bag
  • Links to the health app on your phone to track your exercise
  • Detailed logbook for each paddle where you can store photos, notes and maps
  • The 'Pro' Upgrade allows you send live updates to your friends, alert designated contacts if you get in to distress and take part in virtual training and races. Paddlelogger Pro costs £4.99 per month or £29.99 per year
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  • What3Words uses GPS signal to identify any 3m spot in the world
  • It is used by the emergency services to pinpoint your location in an emergency which is especially helpful when you are not near any roads or notable landmarks
  • Perfect to use when meeting friends in remote paddling locations
  • You don't need a phone signal

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My Tide Times 
  • When planning for any paddleboard or kayak adventure on tidal waters
    (ocean, harbours, rivers) it essential to check what the tide is doing for you safety, convenience and enjoyment
  • My Tide Times provides easy to read tide timetables across 9000 tidal stations in 40 countries up to 7 days in advance free of charge (upgrades are available for the super organised paddlers who want to plan further in advance!)
  • Automatically finds the nearest tide timetable to you when you open the app so you can keep up to date wherever you are
  • Also includes information on sunrise, sunset, moon phase and wind strength and directions
  •  Information can be downloaded so you can still check it when you don't have internet connection
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  • Magic Seaweed is a long range weather app which was originally designed for surfers so combines usual weather information with water conditions
  • Includes weather, wind speed & direction, air & water temperature as well as surf height & swell period
  • Includes live data and photo reports at many popular locations
  • The 'Pro' upgrade includes live web cams, extended weather reports, extended tide predictions & historic data. Pro version costs £6.99 per month or £49.99 per year.

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Written by Kristy Hobart

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