This is a step-by-step article on how to build your own hand paddles. You’ll need minimal equipment and skill, and you should be able to do this at home very easily. Hand paddling is a good alternative to spice up your easy, familiar runs and will create good water awareness too. It’s also a good skill to have and some people like to carry hand paddles on certain rivers as backups as they’re very light. Whatever your reason, it’s simply fun to build them so get cracking.