Kayaking does not call for special clothing, but there are some general
principles that should be kept in mind when dressing for your
kayaking experience. For a short paddle around a pond or limited
excursion along a lake shore or beach, a bathing suit should be enough,
perhaps with a t-shirt over top. For extended paddling, however, it is good
to follow the ‘3 Ws’ ? wicking, warmth and weather.
Synthetic materials are the best because of their ability to dry quickly,
provide warmth and remain comfortable in the sitting position and while
rotating your upper body as you paddle. There are numerous options for
this first layer of clothing that include long and 먹튀 short sleeves and fabrics
with UV and bug protection built in. The purpose is to ‘wick’ the remove
moisture from the body. Under garments are also available with wicking
Warmth is something you need to consider, even if it is a warm day. If not
needed at first, clothing for warmth should be put into an airtight bag and
stowed where it is accessible if it is needed. Since it is likely that you will
get wet at some point on an excursion, having an extra set of dry clothes is
a good idea. Extra layers of warmth as well as head to toe coverage need to
be considered in cooler weather. Remember ? the air may not feel cool, but
the water can cause hypothermia quickly.
Even if the weather forecast calls for sunny skies, you never can tell,
especially on the water. At the least, you will get splashed as you paddle, so
a water proof jacket is never a bad idea. You need to consider the wind and
the likelihood of precipitation and be prepared. A cagoule is a special
paddling jacket that comes in long and short sleeves that prevents water
from getting under your clothes or through the deck skirt.
Footwear is also something to consider while kayaking. For the beginner,
tennis shoes or sturdy sandals with straps should be enough. You will want
to protect your feet from hidden dangers under water as well as rocks on
the shore. Water shoes and neoprene booties are available that help keep
out sand and stay on your feet better than other types of footwear.
Many other items can help make your kayaking trip more comfortable. You
probably want to consider sun glasses to protect your eyes from the intense
sun and the glare from the water. A hat or visor can help shield your face
and sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin. Even cool or overcast
days can set the stage for sunburn. A water bottle or two are always a good
For specific situations, there are also specific pieces of equipment to
consider. A helmet should always be worn for kayaking in white water. It
is also a good idea if there is any chance of encountering rapids. It is easy
to hit your head on an obstacle if you capsize so a helmet can protect you
from severe injury.
A spray skirt is handy for rough water where you are likely to take on
water into the kayak. The spray skirt fits around the paddler’s waist and
stretches out and fits snugly over the rim of the kayak’s cockpit. With the
exception of sea kayaks, the interior stays dry and helps retain warmth. It
is imperative to practice capsizing and performing a wet exit if you intend
to use a spray skirt.
Some other basics that you should consider are a first aid kit, dry
storage, an extra paddle and basic rescue gear. (Note: rescue
techniques and equipment will be explained more fully in later chapters. A
list of first aid items appears in the appendices at the end of the book.).