Top Tips for Winter Paddling

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Stand up paddleboarding or kayaking during the colder months can seem daunting for some particularly with the cooler weather and fading daylight. We believe that with just some extra layering you can enjoy taking to the water all year round. Paddling in the autumn/winter can be a truly amazing experience, allowing you to enjoy the changing seasons from the water.

We have put together our top tips to keep you paddling through the winter.

  • Get the right Clothing

In winter we definitely want to take more time to think about our clothing choices. Firstly, you may want to think about wearing a warm hat, either a woolly hat, or a neoprene beanie. A hat will trap in all the warmth we lose through our head, keeping you warmer.

Moving down our bodies it's best to wear layers. With varying winter temperatures, layers are a brilliant way to make sure you have a good time. A thermal base/mid-layer paired with a windproof layer can be a winning combination through winter.

And lastly, footwear (sorry flip flops you might have to wait until Spring). A good pair of wetsuit boots can keep your feet nice and toasty while you are out paddling.

These little things can help us keep paddling through winter. It's important to remember a change of warm clothes for after the paddle. If you want to be even toastier, why not take a look at a warm changing robe, or maybe even a dry suit paired with an under fleece.

  • Remember your Buoyancy aid / Personal floatation device

A buoyancy aid is an important piece of kit, from helping you to float to making sure you have your phone and snacks to hand. A buoyancy aid can also help you keep warmer in the winter. Those who SUP can also think about a waist belt PFD, a lightweight option instead of a full buoyancy aid.

  • Always take a Dry Bag

While this should never be forgotten on any paddle, it is even more important to make sure you have a good quality Dry Bag to take your paddling essentials with you. Some suggestions on what this might include are, a warm jumper/jacket, water, flask, lights and most importantly some snacks. You might want to put your car keys or phone in this bag (if you can it's best to have your phone on your person).