The Paddler’s Top Ten Podcast Roundup

There are many ways to take in information these days. From social media, to online websites, to television. Podcasts are at the top of our list for obtaining the latest news, stories, and general pick-me-ups throughout the day. These pre-recorded radio shows can be downloaded whenever and listened to on your time. 

If you’re new to podcasts, it can feel a little overwhelming with so. many. options. Whether you’re looking for a little motivation, the latest gear trends, or some mindless entertainment, there’s a lot to love about the podcast world. So what are the podcasts that get us excited about the outdoor and paddle industry? Read on for Aquaglide’s picks on the top ten podcasts for paddlers.

The Dirtbag Diaries

For the experienced podcast listener, it’s likely The Dirtbag Diaries is no stranger to you. Probably the most well-known podcast for adventure and the outdoors, it’s a must-listen during downtime — and that includes the drive out to your latest paddling sesh. The captures of an adventurous lifestyle with wit, humor, and relatable content, there’s plenty to listen to with over 12 years of work behind the show.


If you’re into the outdoors (we’re looking at you, of course) then Outside/In is the podcast for you. Combining solid reporting and compelling storytelling, the podcast works to bring the outdoors to you, wherever you may be. Novice explorer or experienced whitewater kayaker, this show is for everyone.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods

Don’t let the grim title turn you off. Ok, this isn’t an actual podcast, but this quintessential audiobook should be on every adventurers list, no matter the intensity of adventure. How to Stay Alive in the Woods is broken down into four essential sections — sustenance, warmth, orientation, and safety. Important tasks like how to build a warm shelter, how to signal for help, and other crucial safety information is all laid out in an easy to digest audio format.

Outside Podcast

From the creators of Outside Magazine, the Outside Podcast will leave you inspired to take your next thrill, at an attainable level. There’s plenty of science-backed content and exhilarating stories to get your heart racing. Their “Science of Survival” series is an excellent crash course in surviving extreme environments — a must listen.

She Explores

She Explores, is a podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside. The show features more than 200 women’s stories, photographs, and artwork of those who cherish sacred time outside.

Paddling Adventures Radio

Paddling Adventures Radio covers all things important in the world of paddle sports, from news, events, stories, and reviews. The paddling community is tight knit, and hosts Sean Rowley and Derek Specht take the time to dive into real stories, of real value. New episodes are out each Thursday — mark your calendars.

Wild Ideas Worth Living

In partnership with REI Co-Op, Wild Ideas Worth Living features high-impact storytelling that empowers others to live their passions, and get outside. The series is centered around adventure, as well as subjects like mindfulness and minimalism. Learn how to turn your wild ideas into reality, inspired by interviewees on Wild Ideas Worth Living.

Under the Yoke

Geared towards all things backcountry, Under The Yoke is the perfect podcast to gain insight on the latest trends, new gear, and wild wilderness stories. They often showcase individuals and organizations that help inspire and enable adventure. Time to get inspired, with a listen of Under The Yoke.

Adventure Sports Podcast

The Adventure Sports Podcast is an in-depth interview into the lives of adventure sports enthusiasts around the globe. Outfitters, guides, instructors, authors and many more tell their unique story on the podcast. And with three new episodes every week, there’s plenty of content to fill your adventure tank.

The Pursuit Zone

Interviewees take center stage on this one-of-a-kind podcast, Pursuit Zone, led by host Paul Schmid. Episodes are focused on dreamers pushing outside of their comfort zone, into the so-called pursuit zone. An added perk? There’s plenty of episodes dedicated to paddle sports.

There you have it, folks. Shake up your daily regimen with a podcast or two — you never know what adventure you’ll be inspired to take next.

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