Paddling Accessories – Gear Up!
|Kayak Paddle Paddle. Next to your boat, this is the second most important piece of equipment you’ll be purchasing. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a paddle: blade length and shape, feathered or non-feathered, wood or aluminum shaft, etc. Find a good outfitter in your area and try several on for size….|
|Kayak PFDPFD. Personal flotation device, life vest, whatever you want call it, this is one piece of equipment you never want to hit the water without. Just make sure your PFD has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.|
|Spray Skirt Spray skirt. This is that ring of neoprene that seals you to your cockpit and keep your boat from swamping when you perform enders and flawless Eskimo rolls. Most good ones are custom fitted to your boat; make sure it fits you as well, especially over the clothing you’ll be paddling in all day. Read more….|
|Kayak Helmet Helmet. A good helmet is a “no brainer” must-have for whitewater paddling. You might consider climbing on a Harley without a helmet, but don’t go near Class II water or above without one.|
|Flotation Flotation. A swamped kayak will sink like a stone. Make sure you have a good set of flotation bags fore and aft.|
|Clothing Appropriate clothing. This can be a tricky one. The day may be warm and sunny, but that water beneath your kayak could be fresh snow melt that’s only a few degrees above freezing. If you’re going near whitewater, make sure you’re dressed for immersion.|