So, winter is finally here, but that doesn’t mean your paddling adventures have to stop, you just need to make sure you’re dressed correctly for the changing conditions.
When out paddling in the winter months, it is important that you are as safe, warm and comfortable as possible, so we always recommend layering your clothes, it’s always better to be able to remove clothing if you get hot than feel cold and wish you were wearing more.
To help you, here’s our list of items that you should consider wearing while out paddling:
- A drysuit - In our opinion, a drysuit is the best option for anyone who wants to paddle through winter
While paddling, the correct footwear not only helps to keep your feet nice and warm but also help you to manoeuvre in and out of your kayak and scramble over rocks or along the river bed safely.
A boot that is back and better than ever is The Palm Gradient Boot. Having been revamped with tougher components, it's reinforced where it matters and now features a hydrogrip rubber Vibram sole giving you excellent traction in wet conditions. It also provides great ankle support thanks to their shape and are easy to put on with their low cut heel. The Gradient boots are also shaped to provide ankle support and are designed to accommodate your feet with or without
The Palm Atom Drysuit is ideal for wearing on winter paddling trips as it has been designed to give you maximum movement and comfort on and off the water. It's made from Palms high-performance XP 4 layer material and comes with fewer seams, better positioning to reduce wear and also heavy duty, double taped socks.
To give you an in-depth look at this drysuit, here's a review by our Team Paddler Jake Deakin:
I have been using this drysuit for a year now, mainly on the UK rivers last winter, and can’t wait to drag it back out from the cupboard for some more action this winter.
As soon as I got my hands on this suit I liked the feel of the fabric. It’s a very tough XP 4 layer fabric. It also has some nice
Now the weather is noticeably cooler and temperatures will continue to drop, you’ll want to keep as warm and comfortable as possible when you're out on the water, which means it’s drysuit season!
In our opinion, a drysuit is the best option for anyone wanting to paddle through the colder months, and with a drysuit, there is no reason not to. You can wear them for all types of paddling, Sit On Top Kayaking, Kayak Angling, Sea Kayaking, Recreational, Whitewater, Touring or Open Canoes. You must always make sure you dress for the water temperature, not weather as eventually, you will end up swimming. You can also combine your drysuit with the right thermal layers, keeping you nice and toasty so no matter how cold it is, you can still go paddling.
Now that this fantastic summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that your paddling adventures have to too, you just need to make sure you are prepared for the changing conditions.
Autumn is a great time of year to head out for a paddle, and with all the beautiful autumnal colours, you can find yourself in some truly picturesque spots.
It is important to remember, that although the weather may still feel warm, the water will be a lot cooler and so it is vital that you are fully prepared so you’ll be as safe as possible on your trip.
How to be prepared:
Make sure you are wearing the correct clothing, dress for a swim! In autumn, you need to prepare for different conditions and although you
There are few times in life when you can be lucky enough to turn your passion and hobby into your career, and with paddlesports, this is exactly what you can do.
If you are interested in beginning your coaching pathway, then there are various options available to you from the British Canoeing Awarding Body, depending on the type of coaching your wish to do and the skills you want to develop in your paddlers.
First, you need to make sure your personal paddle skills are up to speed and you’ve been out and paddled as much as possible in different locations, waters and crafts to give you a broad knowledge of paddlesports. This will also help to develop your personal skills more quickly, than if you just stick with one discipline. Having a good ran
As it’s the last bank holiday now before Christmas, we’ve got some exclusive offers for you, online and in store!
We have a brand new Pyranha Z:One Medium in end of line colours for only £549, saving you £200! The Z:One is a true all-round kayak that’s fast, stable, forgiving and extremely playful! The Z:One is capable of taking on rapids and carving up waves in the surf. With a mixture of speed and stability the Z:One is perfect for both beginners and experts.
Living on the South Coast, we are blessed to have access to Dorset's picturesque coastline for a days paddle, and we’d like to share some of our favourite spots with you.
Poole Harbour is a large natural harbour and is an excellent area for Kayaking. With regular ferries, fishing vessels, yachts, cruise boats and other private crafts it does get very busy so it is important to be aware of this. There a number of islands to paddle around and explore in Poole Harbour including Brownsea, Furzey, Green, Long, Round, Gigger’s, Drove, Pergins and Stone Island. It is important to watch out for Tides, with strong currents at the entrance of Poole Harbour, Holes Bay to Poole Quay and Rockley into the entrance of Lytchett Bay. Also, a
Here at South Coast Canoes, we offer a full range of British Canoeing courses and bespoke kayak and canoe trips, tailored for all paddlers from beginners to intermediates to coaches.
We now have the latest course dates available for you, these are:
BC Open Water Canoe Coach Training - 20/21st September 2018 - Devon - £180
This is a 2-day course which focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills that you'll need to ensure the athletes/learners in your care are appropriately provided for. You will also build on your core training in the environment that you wish to coach.
Wherever you go kayaking, it is always essential that you take the correct safety equipment with you, even if you know the area really well as you never know what might happen as the water is always unpredictable.
To help, we have put together our basic recommendations of safety and rescue equipment (not including personal gear) to take with you for sea kayaking, whitewater and canoeing. Obviously, it is about personal preference and only carry the equipment if you know how to use it.
For sea kayaking, we recommend:
- First aid - Make sure that your first aid kit has all the essentials for treating everything from heavy bleeding to broken bones and make sure it’s water resistant. It’s al