Paddling Clothing Recommendations

Due to the wonderful whims of Mother Nature, you need to come prepared for variable weather conditions. Wear clothing that accurately reflects your personal degree of sensitivity to heat and cold.

You will need to layer your clothing to include a warmth layer that will keep you warm even when wet. Avoid cotton such as sweat shirts, sweat pants and blue jeans. Once cotton gets wet, it drys very slowly and can leave you cold and damp.

Warmth Layers

  • A synthetic shirt paired with a fleece jacket or vest is best. Fleece and synthetics wick the moisture away from your body and keep you warm even when wet. Wool is also a great warmth layer.


  • Wear quick-dry, nylon, polypro or rain pants or shorts depending on the weather conditions. It can be cool in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day, so layering your clothing prepares you for changing temperatures.

Foot Wear

  • Your lower legs and feet will get wet stepping in and out of the kayak, so wear old tennis shoes, wetsuit booties, rubber/teva type sandals or rubber boots.
  • Fleece and wool socks are recommended for colder weather.

Hats and Gloves

  • Fleece or wool caps or poly rain hats for cool weather.
    Daytime: bring a sun hat. Evening: bring a warm, winter hat.
  • Gloves are optional: neoprene gloves are best for day or night. Knit gloves will not provide enough grip to be practical.

Additional Items

  • Water bottle (at least 1 quart)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with retention strap
  • A light-weight, long sleeved shirt for warmth or sun protection
  • Camera and/or binoculars (not recommended at night)
  • Remember to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the ride home. You may also want to have a towel in your car just in case you get a bit wet or dirty.

If you need help or more detail please give us a call at 415-663-8192 and we will be happy to help you prepare for your excursion.