Inflating Your Watercraft

Here's a quick reference guide to help you inflate your watercraft

Inflate with Confidence!

Are you ready to take your kayaking experience to the next level? Our comprehensive inflation guide has you covered from start to finish. Whether you're a seasoned expert or a beginner, we've got the tools and resources you need to make every kayak inflation a breeze.

Kayak Inflation Pressures and Valve Adapters

Don't guess the right pressure for your kayak! Our Inflation and Adapter Chart provides the exact pressure and valve adapter information for each model. Download the detailed PDF chart for easy reference.


Understanding Your Spring™ Valves

Master the art of inflation and deflation with our step-by-step guide to Spring™ Valves. The illustrated instructions will help you succeed every time:

  • Deflation: Position the valve "stem" downward or inward.
  • Inflation: Position the stem upward/outward to facilitate inflation.

In the (Inflate) upward/outward position air can be pumped in bypassing the spring-loaded plunger without air escaping. (Note: If the top of the stem is almost level with the edge of the threaded valve then it is in the upward/outward position, known as the inflate position.) If the valve is in the inflate position and you want to set it to the deflate position, this is done by pushing the stem down/ inward with your index finger, then rotating your finger a quarter turn. This step is repeated to move back to the inflated position. When you release your finger the stem should remain in the down/inward position. The deflate position allows air to flow in or out without restriction. If you are using a 12V inflator to inflate your kayak you may need to have the stem in the down/inward position as the 12V pump most likely will not have enough pressure to bypass the spring-loaded plunger when the valve is in the up/outward (inflate) setting.

All this detailed information can be found in your kayak’s Owner’s Manual, conveniently stored in the duffel bag of your kayak.

For additional guidance, feel free to explore our collection of set-up videos available for many of our models. Dive into the details right here!

Using the “Screw-on” valve adaptor:

The screw-on valve adaptor is specifically designed to ensure that the pump hose is securely connected to the valve, preventing it from falling off during inflation, thus facilitating the inflation process. The valve adaptor also features a semi-circle protrusion that will depress the stem and open the valve slightly to enable pumps fitted with pressure gauges to provide a constant reading. When inflating the kayak using the screw-on valve adaptor, make sure the valve is positioned in inflation mode.

Spring Valve Inflation/Deflation Instructions

Spring Valve Inflation/Deflation Instructions

Pressure Relief Valve

Enjoy a hassle-free kayaking experience with our advanced pressure relief valve system integrated into many kayak models. Our high-performance PR (Pressure Relief) valve ensures top-notch functionality and is easy to maintain for optimum performance. Find detailed maintenance instructions here, or consult your kayak's owner's manual in your travel bag for comprehensive advice.

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