Kayak Tours

Clothing is as 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 wool keep you warmer when they become wet with sweat/water and certain synthetic base layers are designed to wick the sweat away from your skin to keep you drier and warmer. During the warmer summer months paddlers often get away with wearing a bathing suit, light synthetic T shirt, sunglasses and some paddle shoes! Very often these paddlers find warmth and comfort in their spare set of dry clothes that include: 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 farmer john wetsuit and paddle jacket. Dry suits are warn when the water temp drops below 50 degrees and your multiple layers of synthetic clothing keep you dry and warm when you need it.

SEAL TOURS: Paddlers will be required to wear dry suits for these tours. Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom) should be worn under the drysuits. Hat on your heat and gloves on your hands will keep you warm too.

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

Synthetic top and bottom
Bathing suit or loose fitting, quick dry pants or shorts. Wear something comfortable and avoid cotton materials (see description above).

For colder weather paddling, such as Seal Watching Tours, wear lightweight fleece (top and bottom) or synthetic long underwear (top and bottom) under the drysuit.

Paddle Shoes
Appropriate footwear (paddle shoes) is required for all tours. You must have something on your feet that covers your toes.

Additional Items

Change of clothes


PB&J, bagel, trail mix, granola bars. Avoid soft fruits (bananas), as they don’t pack well.

Bottle of water (32 oz)

Optional Items

Bug spray
Small dry bag

EMS Kayak School Provides

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

For colder days we may provide you with dry suit or wet suit, and nylon paddle jacket.