8 Accessories for Your Kayak
If you've recently caught the kayaking bug, you'll want to know what equipment and accessories you'll need so you can get out on the water and send it. In our article, we explore the various gear you need out of necessity and personal preference.
What Essential Equipment Do I Need For Kayaking?
When you start kayaking, it's common knowledge that the summer is the best season to get out on the water for the first time; the water's calmer, the weather's warmer, and you've got plenty of time to leisurely paddle in the sunshine.
Once you've got your kayak, the next step is to stock up on your safety kit. Some accessories are purely for comfort, whereas others are bare essentials you'll need out on the water.
Once you've got your kayak, you'll need your paddle, otherwise you won't get very far. Also, you won't be able use a canoe or SUP paddle, as they greatly vary in design and length.
When picking out your paddle, consider your height. The taller you are, the longer you'll need it to be.
A buoyancy aid is an essential piece of kit, especially for beginners. They work in a similar way to lifejackets, but they allow for a much wider range of movement for the arms and neck.
Buying a buoyancy aid shouldn't be shrugged off, even if you're a strong swimmer. When paddling out on various grades of water, you can come into contact with some sneaky currents and get yourself into a bit of trouble. It's also worth considering that you might want to get a buoyancy aid for your four-legged friend too!
Even advanced paddlers still wear their helmets; although you're out in the water, you can still suffer from head injuries, and that's not just from hitting yourself in the head with your own paddle.
Trolleys are super handy pieces of equipment that you'll be glad you invested in, especially if you're a long walk from the water.
If you're more of a soloist, you'll be relieving yourself of the kayak’s weight, which in more ways than one can protect your kayak from potential damage from dragging and dropping it.
Wetsuit & Wet Shoes
Naturally, what you wear will depend on the weather; in the summer, you can happily paddle in some boardies and a t-shirt, but if you fall in, be warned that the water will be cold; this is where wetsuits come in.
Wetsuits are a great investment, and they can keep you kayaking all year round as they will provide much-needed insulation and keep you fairly dry.
Wet shoes are great pieces of kit to invest in and can be worn across multiple water sports; they will provide you with some great grip when making your way across slippery surfaces. They also offer your feet some protection so you can confidently walk into the water.
Another essential piece of equipment to invest in is a leash; your paddle should always be leashed to your boat. So, if you drop it, which can easily happen, you won't be left without a paddle! It’s worth noting that attempting to get back to shore without your paddle can be pretty dangerous.
A throw rope is designed to float and be thrown by a rescuer to help out a swimmer. Similar to buoyancy aids, throw ropes are essential pieces of equipment, especially on white water. They're vital pieces of kit that are easy to use and can save lives.
If you're investing in a throw rope, you might also want to consider a kayaking knife. Kayaking knives are worn on the outside of your buoyancy aid.
If you want to keep any of your possessions dry while you're out paddling, you should consider investing in a drybag. They're a really handy piece of kit to have around, especially if you're one for water sports!
They're great for keeping spare clothes in and valuables such as your phone, although you can invest in a waterproof phone case that can clip onto your buoyancy aid.
We hope this article has helped you create a kit list for your next paddling adventure! If you have any questions about your water sports equipment or require further advice, contact a member of our team or have a browse through our blog! You can also read our article on why you should choose an inflatable kayak.