How cold is too cold for kayaking?
The National Center for Cold Water Safety recommends treating any water below 70 F/21 C with caution. Water temps below 60 F/15 C can be immediately life threatening due to “cold shock”—you lose breathing control, your heart and blood pressure are affected, and your ability to think clearly is impaired.
Do you wear a bathing suit to kayak?
You can just wear a tank top, or bathing suit top under your life preserver, but a rash guard is a great item that you will be wanting after 10 minutes of paddling. It guards against rashes due to the rubbing of your arm against the preserver and a must on a long paddle trip.
What do you wear in cold water?
Oftentimes when you swim in cold water, you will be allowed to dress appropriately for the situation. This can include a wetsuit, swimming cap, ear plugs, and even booties and gloves. If you want to take things a step further, you can even wear animal fat to keep warm!
Is it OK to kayak in the winter?
Most kayakers hang their boats up for the winter, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Winter is often the best paddling season: no crowds, lots of water in many regions of the country, and a rarified rugged environment. But not surprisingly, winter paddling takes some decent gear to keep you warm on the water.
Can you wear sneakers kayaking?
Most sports sneakers, even high-quality ones, aren’t designed to come into contact with water, and they don’t have the features that work well during kayaking. Sneakers don’t drain well, they don’t have sufficient grip, and they may have cotton laces that are difficult to tie and untie when wet.