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Paul_C
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Post Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: December 26, 2018, 16:15
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

I have been researching Kayaking Kit for my Maiden Voyage next year once the Friday Night paddles start up again in the Springtime.

Having looked at the suggested kit lists in other posts, I must admit to being a little concerned about the shear quantity of kit required.

Would somebody please be able to give me a beginners 'bare minimum' kit list that I could get away with. I'm currently looking at getting a bouyancy aid, but am not really sure what else I would need. Would a dry suit mean I could just wear normal clothes underneath rather than buying specialist paddling gear?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.

Paul.

Mike D
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Post Re: Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: December 27, 2018, 13:06
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Hi Paul,

Hope you had a good Christmas!

Unfortunately paddling isn't the cheapest of hobbies but here's my list of basics:

Boat
Paddle
Buoyancy aid
Spray deck
Helmet
One person first aid kit plus a dry bag to put it in
Dry bag (for putting lunch in)
Whistle
Knife
Throwline

There is lots of other kit you could consider if you're doing longer or multi day trips and depending on what type of paddling you're doing. Also if you're paddling with a group of club members there maybe others in the group that don't mind sharing kit if you ask.

Clothing is more tricky as it's down to personal preference. I always struggle a bit with what to wear especially in the warmer months as you don't want to overheat but at the same time you need to be prepared for immersion in what could be quite cold water. In the summer I often go with wetsuit trousers, rash vest and cag. I also take a small dry bag with an emergency change/extra bit of kit & towel in case I need to warm up for some reason.

Dry suits are rather expensive so I'd maybe leave getting one until later.

Kevin or one of the other coaches would be able to give more solid advice 🙂

Paul_C
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Post Re: Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: December 27, 2018, 19:04
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Hi Mike,

Thank you for the kit list. I've just ordered a buoyancy aid, so at least that's one item I can tick off! I've got a couple of dry bags already.

I know a dry suit is expensive, but by the time you have bought seperate trousers, cag etc., does the price not work out similar? Also, do you need a helmet for canal/river/sea paddling or is that just for white water?

Thanks again.

Paul.

Mark B
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Post Re: Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: December 28, 2018, 21:29
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Evening Paul as Mike said do not go overboard getting kit go on a trip & then look at what we all are like & have.
With a helmet white water yes, on a river if you are going to play in the Weir. Like we did on Xmas eve.
A rash vest is a good move plus poundland thermal underwear.

Jacquie
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Post Re: Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: December 30, 2018, 05:00
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Hi Paul, when I started paddling I literally had the obvious basics. I would add a helmet, personal first aid (and a whistle) and a good dry bag. Working on the assumption that you will always be with a few experienced paddlers I would stop there for now. As for clothing, speaking from experience a cag is definitely a must, a dry suit is great and I love mine but shop around for the best in your budget. I'd hold off on the throwline and knife until you've done some rescue practice in the wild and again shop around first. I would recommend an FSRT course too.

BarryIsz
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Post Re: Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: December 31, 2018, 10:21
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The kit list is aimed to be pretty generic. As a sea leader I tend to take more specialised kit like: flares, large group shelter, large first aid kit, spare paddles, as I have a responsibility to the group I'm taking out (or beasting some may say).

Just start basic and build as required, the other group members you paddle with have extra kit that can be called upon if required. Out on the water we all look out for each other.

The basic lists the guys have provided are spot on. I would like to add, on/in your BA should be a whistle, knife (no training required to cut a line) and a laminated up to date medical card. Forget the dry suit for the moment your unlikely to need it during BST.

Paul_C
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Post Re: Looking Ahead To Next Years Friday Night Paddles
on: January 12, 2019, 00:35
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Hi All,

Thank you for the replies. I am slowly putting together my kit. There are still a few bits I need but I'm getting there!

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