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Kayaking is a nautical activity that requires you to have the basic equipment and the right accessories in order to have a safe and fun-filled experience. Bruno Clavette, kayaking expert at SAIL, lists all the essential items you should think of taking with you before setting off on your kayaking trip.
In this article, you will discover what gear and accessories you need for a kayaking outing, as well as some tips to ensure you are well prepared.
Before setting off on the water, whether it’s for a few hours of recreational kayaking, or for a kayaking expedition lasting several days, make sure you take these six essentials with you (now a Transport Canada mandatory requirement):
If you are taking part in a guided excursion or renting a kayak from a store, these items should be provided for you. Make sure that’s indeed the case before you set off on the water.
It may also be worth adding the below to this list:
Once you’ve appropriately kitted out your kayak, it’s time to think about what to wear. The clothes you take with you will vary depending on your kayaking activity (whether it’s recreational, sea or river kayaking), the length of your outing (a few hours on calm waters, or several days on the river for example). In any case, here is a list of essentials:
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you’ll need to get your kayak to the water. Some kayaks are quite heavy and therefore difficult to carry. Fortunately, there are carts specifically designed to help. Made with two wheels and a support frame, all you need to do is attach one side of the kayak to the cart and pull it to your launching point. The wheels give you a break from the full weight of the kayak as well as a smoother ride over rocks and roots.
You are now perfectly equipped to launch into your next outing!