What to wear?

  • We suggest a bathing suit for everyone.
  • There are many apparel items specifically designed for water activities that will help keep you comfortable and provide UV protection from the sun’s rays.
  • You can find helpful information about all of this online.

What to wear on your head?

  • We encourage you to think about wearing a hat.
  • The sun can become oppressive after a short time. Keep in mind that the intensity of the sun is magnified on the water.
  • A baseball style cap will help protect your face. You might want to consider a style that would also provide protection from the sun for your ears and the back of your neck.
  • If you prefer to go without any kind of hat, please remember to put some type of UV protection lotion, cream, or other substance on your face, ears, and neck.

What type of footwear is best?

  • Neoprene footies or booties, like scuba divers often wear, would probably be best.
  • But if you don’t already have a pair of those, you really don’t need to buy a pair.
  • We encourage you to think about wearing a pair of waterproof athletic or running shoes.
  • We are not concerned about your shoes scratching the surface of the kayaks as long as you’re not wearing something like your golf spikes or mountain-climbing crampons.

What to avoid wearing on your feet?

  • Do not wear socks or footies with a high cotton content.
  • When cotton gets wet it actually does more harm than good.
  • If your feet get wet they will get cold much faster in cotton socks than they will in synthetic or wool socks, or even no socks at all.
  • We are sure you’ll enjoy your outing much more if your feet are not cold because of wet cotton socks.

Should you wear gloves?

  • We think that gloves are unnecessary.
  • If your hands get uncomfortable after paddling for a while you can dip them in the cool water and that will more than likely suffice.
  • However, if you want to wear gloves, there are many excellent options specifically designed for water activities.
  • If you forego gloves you’ll want to make sure you put sunscreen on the backs of your hands!
  • Our supplier, NRS, is a great source for gloves.

Food and drinks

  • Water related activities always seem to burn more energy than one expects.
  • You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of energy and water to successfully complete your adventure.
  • Please take at least a few snacks with you.
  • It is easy to find quality energy foods that will appeal to most. The dry bag we provide with your rental will probably hold plenty of snacks, unless you’ve already filled it with other “essentials.” If you need a second dry bag, please let us know and we’ll be happy to provide one.
  • A kayak outing could be a great opportunity for a romantic snack, lunch, or dinner. You may want to consider picking up something a little more sophisticated than a bag of energy bars or trail mix.


  • Our kayak supplier, Johnson Outdoors, has helpful information on their Ocean Kayak website. Please take a look at their website if you are still wondering about something.
  • It seems that everyone has a smart phone and has to have it with them virtually every minute. If you cannot part with your smart phone, please be sure to get a waterproof case for it. Assuming that it will stay dry without proper precaution is just not a good plan.
  • There are disposable cameras available at minimal cost at most drug stores that can capture surprisingly good images. Consider using one of those so that you don’t run the risk of losing an expensive smart phone or camera in the water, or damaging it with sand.
  • We hope you have a great time!

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