What Should a Beginner Wear When Kayaking?

June 15, 2022 4 min read

What should a beginner wear to get the most out of their kayaking experience? Dry suits, spray decks, rash guards, buoyancy aids, and more are just a few items you may want to invest in. In addition, you may want to bring a waterproof jacket with a hood, in case the weather turns nasty. Here are some general tips for choosing the correct equipment for your kayaking adventures.

Dry Suits

The first thing to know is that not all dry suits are suitable for all types of kayaking. If you're a beginner and planning to go on long adventures, then you might want to invest in a higher-level dry suit. However, if you're only planning to paddle in the river sporadically, then a lower-level dry suit should suffice. Dry suits also come with adjustable hoods and canopies for added comfort and ventilation.

Moreover, a drysuit must be comfortable and snug. A drysuit that is too tight or too loose can restrict your range of motion and decrease your comfort level. Premium dry suit brands usually come in a variety of sizes. Kokatat Hydrus 3l, for example, comes in 7 sizes. If you can't find a drysuit that fits you perfectly, you can get a custom-fitted one. But this option isn't cheap.

Spray Decks

When you first start kayaking, you probably don't need a spray deck. In fact, you might prefer the simplicity of a nylon version. Nylon spraydecks are easier to install and remove. They are also more comfortable for beginners and those who are intimidated by the spray deck's cords. If you're a parent looking to introduce your child to the sport, nylon spraydecks are a good choice. They let kids safely swim out of their kayaks while they get used to pulling the cords, and you can easily remove them.

The tube section of a kayak is enormous and baggy for small paddlers, and water pools on its deck when you roll. Fortunately, spray decks are inexpensive, so even beginners can afford one. They also keep the heat in and keep the spray out. And, most importantly, they allow you to practice rolling your kayak without worrying about getting wet. But how do you get started? Here are some tips. You can choose a spray deck based on your paddling skills.

Rashguards


It's summertime and it's time to start thinking about the water sports you're going to do. If you're new to kayaking or just starting out, here's some advice on wearing rash guards. If you don't own a rash guard, it might be a good idea to invest in one to protect your body from the sun's rays. And, as you're learning, a rash guard isn't a luxury - it's a necessity!

If you're just getting started with kayaking, rashguards are an essential part of your kayaking attire. A good pair of water shoes will protect your feet from sharp objects and prevent you from slipping. These have a bump texture design that keeps out grit and allows water to drain quickly. The bottom half of your outfit should be either board shorts or quick-dry kayaking pants. Avoid yoga pants as they're usually too thin and don't work well with constant friction.

Buoyancy Aids

It is important to properly fit your buoyancy aids to your body type and to keep you afloat during a kayaking trip. Ideally, they should fit snugly over your ears and not be too tight. If you have a large shoulder, you should downsize and go through the fitting process again. If your body type is average, you can go up a size. Nevertheless, you should never exceed the recommended weight of your buoyancy aid.

Whitewater buoyancy aids are made for rapids, and are often bulkier and heavier than Slalom/Polo vests. They have a buckle system that releases after a predetermined pressure or load is reached. A waistbelt is usually attached to the buoyancy aid, as well as shoulder straps. If you plan on using this type of buoyancy aid for long kayaking trips, you'll likely want to invest in a model with side straps.

Fingerless Gloves

Whether you want to use fingerless gloves with fingers, the first decision will depend on the weather and water conditions where you will kayak. While fingerless gloves offer more control, they may not be waterproof or warm enough for colder climates. Fingerless gloves are waterproof but not waterproof enough to prevent water from getting into your fingers. If you are planning on kayaking in warmer weather, you might consider getting a pair of fingerless gloves.

These fingerless gloves come in various styles and materials. Choose one that fits well around the wrist and is easy to put on and take off. The finger length is efficient, so it will allow you to perform finer tasks without sacrificing comfort. Besides kayaking, these gloves are suitable for other water activities, such as wakeboarding and diving. They are designed for both dry and wet adventures and come in a wide variety of sizes.


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