Kit List

Kit Lists

Bringing the right kit is very important for your enjoyment of a sea kayak trip. Here are kit lists for day trips and expeditions.

If you've booked a day trip or course then please check your confirmation email (or remider or payment emails) for a full kit list for your trip which contains information on waterproof sizing that we need to receive prior to your trip.

What we provide:

Kayak  - either double or single kayaks, our default is for everyone to be paddling single kayaks so if you’d like a double kayak then please ask (availability of double kayaks can’t be guaranteed unless you request one at the time of booking). Family trips - we'll use a mix of double or single kayaks depending on the ages and experience of the kids - check the family trip page for more info. on this.

Paddle | Buoyancy aid | Waterproof kayaking jacket and trousers | Spraydeck

If you have some or all of your own kayaking kit and would rather paddle in that then feel free to bring it along.

What you need to bring:

***The most important thing is that you turn up dressed in clothing suitable for the conditions on the day, ready to put the kayaking waterproofs on top of what you are wearing***

Hat to suit the weather conditions on the day – a fleece hat or beanie or a cap or sunhat

Sunglasses – it can be very bright on the water, cheap pairs are better in case you lose them.

Clothes – We will give you kayaking waterproofs, you'll need to turn up dressed in clothing suitable for wearing underneath the waterproofs. As a rough guide it can be colder than you think out on the water, so more clothes are better than less. Synthetic clothing – like hill walking, cycling or general sports gear work well for kayaking. Try to avoid cotton as it is heavy and cold if its gets wet (no jeans please). Always bring a change of clothes and towel - it is very rare that people fall in but its always a possibility if using a single kayak, if you want to rule it out completely then opt for a double kayak. In the summer most people opt to wear shorts or leggings and a synthetic sports type t-shirt or long sleeve base layer with an additional layer to wear if it’s colder or if you get wet. For the spring - adding a wool or microfleece top is useful and these can be picked up very cheaply if you don't own one. You will need to wade in the water a short way to launch and land the kayak - the lower half of your legs and feet will get wet. On a day trip we'd usually carry a spare layer each on the trip.

Footwear - We usually launch and land on areas with seaweed and rocks, bring footwear that you don't mind getting wet and that you will be comfortable wearing for moving across these areas, trainers, walking shoes or running shoes are a common choice, heavy walking boots, crocs or flip flops are not suitable (we can give you wetsuit boots if you can't supply your own footwear but have a limited supply).

Sunscreen – it is very easy to get sunburn out on the water.

Water bottle (please try to avoid single use plastic)

Lunch for day trips.

You may bring a camera or mobile phone on the trip if you wish but please note that seawater and electronics are not a good mix - we'd recommend using a waterproof case for any electronics you bring on the trip.

We can give you a roll-top dry bag to take on the trip - this can go in the hatches in your kayak. In addition to this some of our buoyancy aids have small pockets (not waterproof).

This is just to give an idea of what we can provide for expeditions. If you've booked an expedition then please check your confirmation email (or remider or payment emails) for a full kit list for your trip.

What we provide for kayaking:

Kayak  - either double or single kayaks, our default is for everyone to be paddling single kayaks so if you’d like a double kayak then please ask (availability of double kayaks can’t be guaranteed unless you request one at the time of booking).

Paddle | Buoyancy aid | Waterproof kayaking jacket and trousers | Spraydeck

We can provide these items for camping:

Tent

Sleeping mat

Dry bags