Clothing for paddling activity

Appropriate Clothing for Paddling Activities

Evaporation from wet clothing can cause rapid cooling of body temperature when it is windy.

Windproof clothing (such as a cag) and insulating layers will be necessary in both warm and cold weather and should be easily accessible.

Cold, Wet or Windy Weather

Avoid prolonged immersion in cold water as rapid loss of body heat leads to hypothermia.

Eat high energy snacks and meals that will sustain your energy levels

Cold weather:

  • bathers or board-shorts with thermal pants, track pants or a wet suit may be necessary
  • thermal top or woolen jumper
  • windproof jacket (such as a spray jacket) or cag
  • hat or beanie (woolen) – reducing heat loss from your head may be critical at times
  • sunglasses with keeper band
  • footwear such as wet booties or sneakers to protect feet
  • sunscreen, UV blockout including on lips

Warm Weather

Always dress for the predicted weather conditions. Strong afternoon sea-breeze may cool body temperature on warm days.

In summer that may mean light clothing (long sleeve tops to protect arms and shoulders) with adequate sun protection (sunglasses for your eyes and sunblock for your skin)

Warm weather:

  • bathers or board-shorts Where you are not wearing a deck remember to cover exposed parts of legs
  • long sleve rash vest or long sleeve shirt (polyester or other quick drying material)
  • broad brimmed hat
  • sun-glasses with keeper band
  • footwear such as wet boots or sneakers to protect feet
  • sunscreen, UV blockout including on lips
  • wind protection such as a spray jacket or cag

Please note:

  • Prescription glasses when worn whilst paddling should always be secured with a keeper band (they do not float)
  • Personal floatation device (pfd) are required to be worn by government regulation.
  • If in doubt about the weather, pack layers of extra warm clothing (wool is best as it can retain body warmth when wet)
  • All personal items should be secured when taken on the water