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 reminder or payment emails) for a full kit list for 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).

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:

Adapt this list to your own preferences and the season/conditions.

***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***

Clothes to wear – 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 it gets wet (no jeans please). 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. For the spring or colder days - a warmer layer such as a wool or microfleece top is useful. 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. 

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, flip flops are not suitable.

We’ll give you a roll top Dry Bag to take with you on the trip (or you can bring your own), things to put in this -

Spare top layer (ideally something like a microfleece top or long sleeved sports top)

Lunch, drink and snacks

Things to consider bringing -

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

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

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

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. Alternatively you could put your phone in your dry bag and use it to take photos at stops on shore.

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