How to Not Tip Over in a Kayak


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Patricia “Trish” Sanderson serves as a licensed real estate agent in West Virginia. Known for being honest and knowledgeable about the field, she serves as a real estate broker for Crestar Realty, LLC, in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. In her free time, Patricia Sanderson enjoys kayaking.

Thanks to their narrow shape, kayaks move easily through the water. Unfortunately, it is precisely this narrow design that makes them prone to tipping over unless you stay balanced. This is best done by keeping your body upright with the muscles in your lower back and stomach relaxed. As the kayak tilts with the waves, allow it to move freely while keeping your body upright.

The more you employ this technique, the easier it will become. Still, there may be times when your kayak starts to tip, particularly if you’re a beginner. When this happens, do not grab your kayak or look down at the bow of the boat. Doing either of these prevents you from staying balanced and increases the chance that you’ll tip over.

Instead, use your paddle to regain your balance. Slap the face of your paddle onto the surface of the water on the side your are tilting toward. You won’t be able to keep the paddle on the water for a long time, but it should give you a few more moments to balance if you need it.


Membership Benefits for the Eastern Panhandle Board of REALTORS


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A business graduate of Shepherd University in West Virginia, Patricia (Trish) Sanderson founded Crestar Realty in Harpers Ferry in 2005. As a certified West Virginia REALTOR®, Patricia Sanderson maintains membership in professional organizations such as the Eastern Panhandle Board of REALTORS® (EPBR). She is also a graduate of the real estate institute and holds GRI, ABR, and GREEN designations.

Since its incorporation in 1977, the EPBR has championed the development of its members and spearheaded initiatives for equal housing and private property rights. Members of the organization have the distinction of official REALTOR® listing versus the title of real estate agent.

Individuals can join the EPBR as REALTOR® members or as affiliates. Benefits of membership include reduced access rates to the Multiple Listing Service and free or low-cost educational opportunities.

EPBR staff also support members through one-on-one meetings or classroom instruction. For more information about the EPBR and its member offerings, visit or contact the board office by calling (304) 263-8512.