Additional Gear

RIVER SHOES 

WHISTLE

NOSE PLUGS

SPLASH JACKET

COOL WEATHER GEAR

The Shoes

You have several options for footwear. You want to find a shoe that has good traction on wet rocks, is comfortable and drains water. Stay away from anything that will come off your feet if you swim, like flip flops or sandals. You should avoid footwear snag hazards like large loops.  

 
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The Whistle

 Whistle are often overlooked, even though they are legally required on many rivers. They are one of the least expensive pieces of gear you will buy. Whistles come in many styles. We recommend a simple hard plastic whistle. They are inexpensive and durable.  

Whistles are a piece of safety gear that should be used judiciously. When other paddlers hear a whistle blast they will react.   


One Long Blast: Get others' attention and signals to "stay put" 
Three Short Blasts: Signals emergency

 

The Nose Plugs

Nose plugs are another piece of gear that novice kayakers don't think about. Nose plugs are a cheap and simple piece of gear that can make your time on (or under) the water more comfortable. Simply put, they keep water from going up your nose. When you flip in current, nose plugs help prevent you from flushing your nasal cavity with river water. While not required, we strongly recommend them. 

 

THe Splash Jacket

Nose plugs are another piece of gear that novice kayakers don't think about. Nose plugs are a cheap and simple piece of gear that can make your time on (or under) the water more comfortable. Simply put, they keep water from going up your nose. When you flip in current, nose plugs help prevent you from flushing your nasal cavity with river water. While not required, we strongly recommend them. 

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COld Weather Gear

Hypothermia can be a very real risk with whitewater paddling. A good rule of thumb is that the combined air and water temperature should total 100. You should always dress for immersion, not for being in the boat. When it comes to cool weather gear you have an array of options from dry tops to complete dry suits. Cool weather gear can be expensive, so take your time selecting the right gear for you. Comfort and quality are as important as cost when selecting your cool weather gear. Remember, faulty gear can go beyond just making you uncomfortable.  

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