GEAR LIST

Kayak Tours

Clothing is an important part of your paddling experience, as it will provide you with the warmth and comfort you need to enjoy your day.  Cotton should be avoided as part of your layering system as it often remains cold and wet and it takes a long time to dry out.  Synthetic fabrics or merino wool keep you warmer when they become wet with sweat/water and certain layers are designed to wick the sweat away from your skin to keep you drier and warmer.  During the warmer summer months paddlers get away with wearing a light synthetic t-shirt, swim/hiking shorts, sunglasses and some paddle shoes!  Very often these paddlers find warmth and comfort in their spare set of dry clothes that includes:  a thicker synthetic long sleeve shirt and pants, nylon spray jacket and insulating hat.  When we get into those colder weather situations paddlers must dress in layers of synthetic fabric and need to be insulated from the cold water by wearing a wetsuit and paddle jacket.  Drysuits are warn with multiple layers of synthetic clothing underneath when the water temp drops below 50 degrees F — this keeps you dry and warm when you need it.

The items below are REQUIRED unless otherwise specified. If you have questions about what to bring please call the School at 845-668-2030.

Clothing & Footwear

Merino Wool or Synthetic top and bottom
SEAL TOURS:  Paddlers will be required to wear drysuits for these tours.  Synthetic or merino wool long underwear (top and bottom) should be worn under the drysuit.  A fleece hat on your head and gloves on your hands will keep you warm, too.  For colder weather paddling, you can also wear lightweight fleece (top and bottom) under the drysuit.

Paddle Shoes
Appropriate footwear is required for all lessons. You must have closed-toe shoes (no sandals, please).  Water shoes/booties are great, but an old pair of sneakers is a good option, too.  If you need appropriate footwear, please let us know ahead of time and we may be able to accommodate you.  You will not be allowed to take a lesson/tour without footwear.

Additional Items

Hat
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Towel
Change of clothes

Meals

Food
PB&J, bagels, trail mix, and granola bars are good options.  Avoid soft fruits (such as bananas), as they don’t pack well.

Water
Bottle of water (32 oz)

Optional Items

Croakies
Bug spray
Dry bag

Camera

EMS Kayak School Provides

Appropriate kayak, personal flotation device (PFD), paddle, and nylon spray skirt as needed.

For colder days we may provide you with a wetsuit or drysuit and a nylon paddle jacket.