Safety Gear

Safety Gear

The list below contains the minimum equipment needed to keep you warm and safe. Remember: Dress for the water, not for the air. If you tend to get cold easily, dress warm. You can always cool off in the water.
Safety gear
Basic safety gear

* Non-cotton base layers for warmth and insulation
* Wetsuit (Farmer John style) or drysuit
* Paddle jacket
* Booties
* PFD - a Coast Guard approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device) must be carried by all boaters - we insist that you carry it on your body, i.e. you wear it. Then it is there when you need it most
* Whistle - attach permanently to your PFD
* Spray skirt
* Food and water

In the kayak:

* Bilge pump
* Paddle float
* First Aid kit
* Tow rope - attached to the body or the boat, with quick release
* Spare paddle - at least one for the group
* Signaling devices - flares or smoke guns
* Bail-out bag - with an extra set of dry clothes, food, basic repair kit

Other items that can be very handy or essential (depending on conditions)

* Navigation aids (Map, compass, GPS)
* Helmet - when paddling close to rocks or doing surf launches and landings
* Neoprene cap and gloves
* Sunglasses and sunblock
* VHF radio
* Watch
* Knife
* Sponge

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Leading Group Paddles...On Your Own... May 31, 2010 6:12 PM Susan
River Paddling Terminologies November 20, 2009 4:38 PM Susan
Membership Dues March 18, 2010 2:54 PM Susan
Safety Gear May 11, 2009 9:35 PM Susan
HYPOTHERMIA May 11, 2009 9:32 PM Susan
What to Bring... April 16, 2009 2:13 PM Susan
About Nashville Outdoor Adventures Club January 18, 2010 4:42 PM Susan

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