Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson has been teaching kayaking since boats were long and eddy turns were nervous. And yes, he used to be cool. Rapid magazine since way back in 1999. Guiding on rivers has taken him from the Yukon to China, and his Alchemy column (page 120) explores the values and lessons life on the water brings. When not teaching outdoor education at Algonquin College, he spends his time guiding, fly fishing, building mountain bike trails and conducting risk management research.

New Flush Drowning Research For Kayakers

I've had my share of swims, as I’m sure you have too. Especially in the early days when my kayaking universe was expanding outwards. I was compelled—as perhaps you...

Boat Review: Dagger Super Ego Kayak

Finally Dagger has released a real freestyle boat for people with long legs and big feet. The Dagger Super Ego is big for me at 6’1” in height, with...

Eddy Harris On His Mississippi Solo Paddling Trip

We discover there is always more to river trips than just the river trip.

Creek Boat Review: Liquidlogic Mullet Kayak

Liquidlogic's dad rock throwback redefines a generation.

Boat Review: WaveSport Project Kayak

There was a time not so long ago when every new boat design created a buzz: “It looks so radical! What’s it going to do?” After a dozen or...

Why You Should Always Wear A PFD

Zipping shut the debate on when it's appropriate to wear a PFD

The Secret Life Of Raft Guides Is Contained In...

I’ve been immersed in the river guide world for more than 30 years. I can’t even start to count how many pairs of river shoes, PFDs, sun shirts, knives...

The tools to living the good life have been...

I know the river running season is drawing to a close when I can see my garage floor. To some, this would sound like good news, but it always...

The one type of risk assessment all boaters fail

My local river was closed this spring—a first for the Ottawa. Mega-flood conditions were responsible. The authorities made all boat travel off limits until the declared state of emergency...