During your kayaking class we encourage practice of rescues and re-entries, and there is always the chance of capsize, so there is a good probability of getting wet. You will need to dress accordingly.
In the summer, shorts and a T-shirt over a bathing suit often times will be adequate. However, in slightly cooler weather, you will want to avoid cotton and wear synthetic materials such as polypro, capilene, or fleece. The addition of a lightweight nylon shell or paddling jacket (which we can provide) is recommended for cooler days or nights.
For colder times or if you tend to get cold easily, we can provide you a farmerjohn wetsuit and paddling jacket at no charge.
On your feet, wear neoprene booties, aqua socks, water sports sandals (e.g. Tevas), or old sneakers. Booties are available for sale in our Paddling Store.
On your head, wear a hat with a brim. If it's cold, bring a warm hat. We also have warm skullcaps designed for paddlesports available in our Paddling Store in Newton. If you wear glasses, a retaining strap (available at our Paddling Store in Newton or at any sporting goods store) is required.
There's little shade on the water, so wear sunglasses with a retaining strap and sunscreen, even if it's cloudy.
Bring a towel and a change of clothes to wear after class.
Paddling can be done in almost any weather, and, accordingly, we run classes rain or shine. Only in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as a thunderstorm, will we not go on the water. Cancellation decisions are made 2 hours before the class is scheduled to begin, and we will contact all customers via phone and e-mail if we do cancel the event.