Buoyancy aids for canoeing and kayaking are an essential piece of kit and for safety, you should always make sure that you, and any companion, are wearing one wherever you are paddling. It still amazes us how often we see paddlers not wearing a buoyancy aid, especially young children, and so we wanted to share with you the reasons why it is so important to wear one.
What’s the difference between a buoyancy aid and life jacket?
Firstly, you need to understand the difference between a buoyancy aid (BA) and a life jacket; a BA is designed to assist with your flotation if you capsize whilst still giving you freedom of movement for paddling and swimming, whereas a life jacket is designed to turn the wearer face up and to keep a
Kayaking or canoeing are ideal ways to get the whole family outdoors, enjoying the fresh air whilst having fun at the same time. There are many benefits for the family too; it’s a healthy and fun way to exercise, it’s a real bonding experience, and it allows your family to disconnect from all modern technology.
Here are our tips to make sure you are properly prepared for your adventure:
Make sure you choose the right boat:
The style of boat for the type of paddling you want to do and the correct boat size are both important factors to consider when choosing your boat.
A kayak that is suitable for the whole family is the sit on top kayak
Wherever you go kayaking, it is always important to make sure you are wearing the appropriate clothing, remember, dress for the water, not the weather. So we are taking a look this week at what this summer’s clothing range has to offer:
Cags add a protective layer between you and the elements to help keep you dry, trap heat and reduce chill helping you to feel more comfortable out on the water. Even if it’s a beautifully hot sunny day, the water will still feel cold if you fall in so it is important that you are dressed appropriately for this occurrence.
To ensure you have the best possible paddling experience, it is important to have the best equipment with you. So, this week we are sharing with you the kayaking equipment that we are recommending this summer.
Spraydecks are used to prevent water getting into the cockpit of your kayak. The spraydeck that is designed with neoprene first-timers in mind is the Palm Sport Neoprene Deck.
This sport deck is constructed to the highest standard using high-quality materials and it has been designed to stretch over a wide range of cockpits so that you can get the best fit possible for your boat and best fit for you.
This week, we are taking a look at this season’s hottest kayaks and canoes that we recommend for all of your paddling adventures.
Sit on Top
The Islander kayaks are all round kayaks making them ideal fo
We are very lucky here in the UK with the large variety of rivers, lakes, canals and coastlines available to us for all our canoeing and kayaking adventures, ranging from the calm and relaxing placid waters through to the more challenging whitewater descents. Like everything though, there are always restrictions and access issues that you must know and understand as here in the UK, we don’t have automatic access to inland waters.
Where can you go paddling and what are the restrictions?
Lakes and reservoirs offer a great kayaking experience and is often the closest place for paddlers. The calm waters make them an ideal environment for new paddlers to learn and play. It is important to f
So it’s been 4 years since the doors first opened for SCC, and what an adventure it has been!
From an empty warehouse to a shop full of kayaks, canoes, equipment and clothing we’ve managed to grow and grow and it’s all thanks to you, our loyal customers and friends. We really just want to say a massive thank you to you all for all of your support over the last 4 years, we really couldn't have done it without you.
We had a fantastic time celebrating at our party and we just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us, it was great to see so many of you there.
Now you’ve bought all of your kayaking or canoeing kit, you want to be able to go paddling as much as possible, so do you know where’s best to go and do you know a number of fellow paddlers to go with? If not, then why not join a canoe club. You’ll meet like-minded people who will give you an insight into what canoeing and kayaking is all about, who will not only teach you new skills but also show you new places to explore.
Why’s it good to join?
- From experienced and qualified paddlers, you will receive training; learning new skills and teaching you how to use all of the equipment correctly.
- It’s a great way to meet new people, especially if you don’t know many other paddlers and it mea
Whenever you venture out on a kayaking adventure, it is always essential that you take the correct clothing and equipment with you to make your journey as safe and comfortable as possible. You need to prepare for where you are going and the conditions that you will be paddling in.
Here is a breakdown of everything we recommend that you take with you:
Choosing the right paddle is as important as choosing the right kayak for you as your paddle will likely be in your hands the entire time you're on the water, so you need to think about the weight and quality of the paddle. There is a wide range of different paddles available for you to choose from and there are many aspects to consider before you buy.
Important factors to consider when choosing your paddle:
- What type of paddling will you be doing? There are different paddles available for touring, sea, whitewater, surf and racing so you need to think about where you will be using yours the most.
- Your height and