What to Wear When Canoeing & Kayaking


Paddling is a watersport and so dressing appropriately is important to ensure comfort and safety.

"Dress for the water, not the weather"

This is a simple guide as to what to wear and how to prepare when you heading out canoeing or kayaking. You will have checked weather, river and tidal conditions before setting off but these conditions can change quickly. So if you prepare properly and conditions do change you will be ready to take it on and enjoy the contest.

We've put together some examples of clothing and equipment that you might want to have with you when you go paddling. It’s important that your kit works for you so try it on for comfort and fit, remembering the cut of most garments are designed around the canoeing and kayaking position. Start with the essentials that keep you afloat and warm. Paddling brings out the best in our environment and it is often twice as hot or twice as cold on the water so the extra thermals or sun block can be packed in your dry bag!

Click the Images below for a good guide as to what to wear when canoeing or kayaking:

  • Sea Kayaking & Touring
    in Summer

    • Essential Clothing for Summer Sea Kayaking and Touring

    • Essential Kit:
      • Warm thermals
      • Waterproof touring cag
      • Buoyancy aid
      • Combi spraydeck
      • Touring paddle
      • Dry trousers
      • Paddling shoes

      Recommended Kit:
      • Paddling Gloves
      • Sea Tow Line
      • Safety whistle
  • Sit On Top Paddling
    in Summer

    • Essential Clothing for Sit on Top Recreational Paddlers in Summer

    • Essential Kit:
      • Wetsuit or Long John
      • Rash vest
      • Lightweight touring cag
      • Buoyancy Aid
      • Midweight watershoes
      • Touring paddle

      Recommended Kit:
      • Paddling Gloves
      • Safety Equipment
  • Kayak Fishing
    in Summer

    • Essential Clothing for Kayak Fishing during summer

    • Essential Kit:
      • Warm thermals
      • Waterproof touring cag
      • Buoyancy aid
      • Touring paddle
      • Dry trousers
      • Paddling shoes

      Recommended Kit:
      • Safety Equipment
      • Thermal dry socks
      • Rescue knife

Canoeing & Kayaking is an all year round watersport and with the correct clothing can be undertaken in the harshest of conditions. Below we have included our paddling clothing recommendations for the colder winter months. Click the Images to see a more detailed view, including example products:

  • Sea Kayaking & Touring
    in Winter

    • Essential Clothing for Winter Sea Kayaking and Touring

    • Essential Kit:
      • Warm thermals or Undersuit
      • Touring spec Dry Suit
      • Buoyancy aid
      • Combi spraydeck
      • Touring paddle
      • Paddling shoes

      Recommended Kit:
      • Paddling Gloves or Pogies
      • Thermal Socks
      • Pilot skull cap
      • Safety Equipment
  • Sit On Top Paddling
    in Winter

    • Essential Clothing for Sit on Top Recreational Paddlers in Winter

    • Essential Kit:
      • Warm Thermals
      • Lightweight touring cag
      • Buoyancy Aid
      • Dry trousers
      • Midweight watershoes
      • Touring paddle

      Recommended Kit:
      • Paddling Gloves or Pogies
      • Thermal socks
      • Pilot skull cap
      • Safety Equipment
  • Kayak Fishing
    in Winter

    • Essential Clothing for Kayak Fishing during winter

    • Essential Kit:
      • Warm thermals or Undersuit
      • Touring spec Dry Suit
      • Buoyancy aid
      • Touring paddle
      • Paddling shoes

      Recommended Kit:
      • Safety Equipment
      • Thermal dry socks
      • Gloves or Pogies
      • Thermal Socks
      • Warm hat
      • Rescue knife

The white water paddling season in Britain takes place during the colder months of the year where there is the most rainfall. There is also a high probability that you're going in the water at some point, compared with other types of paddling. This means that having the correct clothing is essential to your safety when on the river. Below are our clothing recommendations for white water paddling, which can also be adopted for use when surf kayaking. Also included are the essential pieces of kit that make up a paddlers thermal clothing.

  • White Water & Surf


    • Essential Clothing for White Water and Surf Paddling

    • Essential Kit:
      • Warm thermals
      • Dry Suit or Dry Cag & Trouser Combo
      • Buoyancy aid
      • Helmet!
      • W/W spraydeck
      • Whitewater/surf paddle
      • Paddling shoes

      Recommended Kit:
      • Paddling Gloves or Pogies (winter)
      • Thermal Socks
      • Pilot skull cap
      • Safety Equipment
      • Rescue Knife
  • 2-Piece Thermal Clothing


    • Essential Thermal Clothing for Paddling in all weather conditions


    • Recommended Kit:
      • Longsleeve Thermal top
      • Thermal pants
      • Thermal dry socks
      • Header cap
      • Paddling Gloves or Pogies
  • 1-Piece Thermal Clothing


    • Essential Thermal Clothing for Paddling in all weather conditions


    • Recommended Kit:
      • Thick Thermal Undersuit (Suited for Dry Suit)
      • Thermal dry socks
      • Header cap
      • Paddling Pogies or Gloves