How to Make a Kayak Paddle Leash with 550 Cord

How to Make a Kayak Paddle Leash with 550 Cord
Kayaking is a fun sport but can be expensive. A paddle leash alone could set you back $40. However, you could always choose to make one yourself at home for less than $10. 550 cord is a great material to make your homemade leash from as it is both cheap and very strong. A bonus for making your own leash is that you get to control the length of your paddle leash because many store-bought ones can be too long and tangle easily.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 550 cord Scissors Measuring tape Metal snap clip Cord lock
  • 550 cord
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Metal snap clip
  • Cord lock
Step 1
Measure and cut the 550 cord. Only you will know how long you want your kayak leash to be, although generally four feet of 550 cord is suitable for a leash. You can find 550 cord at most Army surplus stores.
Step 2
Attach the metal snap clip to the cord. Take one end of the cord and tie it to the bottom of the metal snap clip. Use a good knot such as a bowline knot to make sure that the cord is securely tied to the snap clip and that it won't come undone while you're out on the water. You can find good metal snap clips at most hardware stores.
Step 3
Thread the cord through the cord lock. Press down on the button of the cord lock and push the 550 cord through the opening. Pull through enough cord so that it will wrap around the center of your paddle, then thread it back through the cord lock to secure. You can find cord locks at your local sporting goods store.
Step 4
Clip the metal snap clip onto the strap eye or deck line on your kayak.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.