You’re about to head out for your first paddle of the year and you want to make sure you're ready? We've prepared a list of must-haves for you to be fully equipped – let’s go!
Aside from your paddleboard, paddle, leash and center fin, there are a few safety items you should bring with you:
- A Canadian approved flotation vest or air belt pack;
- A whistle;
- A bouyant rope.
If you’re heading out before sunrise, after sunset, or when the visibility is poor due to fog or snow, it’s mandatory that you bring:
- A navigation light or a water-resistant flashlight.
What to wear?
Don’t underestimate the strength of the sun, even when it’s hiding behind the clouds! We recommend that you wear a rashguard over your bathing suit for longer outings, as well as a hat to protect you from the sun.
A pair of sandals may also be useful if you're planning to make a stop on land. Just slip them under the bungee cords of your board and you’re good to go!
During the fall, winter, and spring, it’s important that you dress appropriately for the weather. We explain all of this in our blogs!
Gear that’s always useful
- A drybag (this will help you carry all of the following items and keep them dry!)
- Waterproof sunscreen SPF 30 (minimum)
- Lip balm SPF 15+ (minimum)
- A water bottle! It’s better to have too much than to have too little!
- A pair of sunglasses
- A compact towel
- Snacks or a lunch
- Cash/credit card
- First aid kit
- Your cellphone, but remember to keep it in a protective case for when you take it out of your drybag.
To print : Checklist Paddle Board Excursion
Have a good excursion!