What to wear paddleboarding

Paddleboarding advice for beginners

We are often asked for advice on starting out in the world of paddleboarding so here is a few tips to get you started:

What to wear for paddleboarding or SUP (stand up paddleboarding):

Swim shorts and a non-cotton “running” type top are ideal.  If you fall in you want clothing that will not absorb water and sap away your body heat when you get out again.  Our buoyancy aids will keep you warm to a degree.  There is a culture of paddleboarding in bare feet, this is because so much of it is done in the sea from a beach start.  We would recommend wet shoes that don’t come off easily or old trainers are ideal.  The river environment has different hazards for your feet, fresh water oyster shells or any litter is possible.

A wetsuit is ok for spring and autumn as the water gets much colder but you will be too warm if you don’t fall in!

A rain jacket without a fleecy liner is ideal for if a rain shower catches you.  We give every hire a dry bag and you could pop it on over your buoyancy aid if it rains or if you start to feel cold.

If you wear glasses, they can be expensive to replace if you were to fall in and loose them.  Bring a neck leash or we usually have stock in our hire centre.

If you want to take photos on the water having a phone case is best to avoid losing it in the water.  Your phone maybe waterproof but it will still sink?  Again we try to keep them in stock at the hire centre.

We have a cold shower outside the hire centre and changing rooms inside, just ask staff to use.

What to wear for kayaking:

Swim shorts and a non-cotton “running” type top are ideal.  If you fall in you want clothing that will not absorb water and sap away your body heat when you get out again.  Our buoyancy aids will keep you warm to a degree.  Old trainers are ideal because they give you good support to push your feet against the foot ribs built into the kayaks. Pushing on these ribs pushes your bottom into the backrest making the experience much more comfortable.

A rain jacket without a fleecy liner is ideal for if a rain shower catches you.  We give every hire a dry bag and you could pop it on over your buoyancy aid if it rains or if you start to feel cold.

As the kayak paddle comes up out of the water it can drip on your own head, a peaked cap is good to keep the drips off your hair and out of your eyes.

If you wear glasses, they can be expensive to replace if you were to fall in and loose them.  Bring a neck leash or we usually have stock in our hire centre.

If you want to take photos on the water having a phone case is best to avoid losing it in the water.  Your phone maybe waterproof but it will still sink.  Again we try to keep them in stock at the hire centre.

We have a cold shower outside the hire centre and changing rooms inside, just ask staff to use.

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