Here in the Pacific Northwest, our paddling environment calls for being prepared for getting wet, and getting wet in chilly water, at any time of the year. Proper clothing and other preparations will make your lesson(s) more enjoyable!
Clothing and Equipment
Although you may not be immersed in every class, please plan on it. SSKS will provide: kayaks, paddles, spray skirts, pumps, paddle floats, PFDs (life jackets), and wetsuits. If you already own a sea kayak (not a sit on top) or other gear (e.g. PFD, paddle, etc.), we encourage you to use your own equipment.
Please Bring the Following:
- Extra layers (e.g. polypropylene, other polyester (or wool) long underwear, medium weight fleece, etc. to wear as a layer under your wetsuit and a windbreaker jacket;
- Swimsuit — please have on when you arrive, as private changing facilities may not be available, depending on where your lesson(s) take place;
- Hat for sun protection; a warm “watch cap” or swimming cap recommended for wet exit and rescue sessions; sunscreen;
- Footwear that can get wet (open toe sandals are not permitted — “Keen or Chaco” type closed-toe sandals are okay; old tennis/running shoes, “pool shoes,” dive booties, etc. work well. Warm socks (wool or polyester) suggested. Your feet will get wet!
- Glasses strap; those wearing contact lenses might want to switch to glasses (with a strap) or wear pool goggles or diving/snorkel mask for the wet exit and rescue sessions.
- Snacks (energy bars, etc.), particularly if you have low blood sugar;
- Water bottle (stay hydrated);
- Optional items could include: nose clips, paddle gloves (cycling gloves work, no cotton); towel, dry clothes for your trip home.
DO NOT WEAR COTTON FABRICS FOR PADDLING!
YOU CAN BECOME DANGEROUSLY COLD IF YOU DO!