Kayaking is a fantastic hobby which can be enjoyed in multiple locations throughout the year. From paddling on calm lakes and rivers to enjoying the thrill of sea kayaking, this sport offers something for everyone.

Many people assume that kayaking can only be enjoyed during the warmer months of spring or summer, but this simply isn’t true.

Kayaking can be enjoyed at any time of the year, including autumn and winter. You just need to have the right equipment to ensure that you stay safe throughout your kayaking trip.

The team at Cambridge Kayaks are experts in all-weather kayaking and in this blog post we discuss the key things to think about if you’re kayaking in the colder months. Plus if you’re looking for kayaks for sale, this article could help you make the right choice for your requirements.

Wrap up warm

British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, especially during the colder months. Therefore it’s important that you dress appropriately and you’re ready for anything that Mother Nature throws at you.

Ideally you should wear multiple layers (including water proofs) so you can take layers off or on if you get too hot or cold.

It’s also important to wear a good fitting dry suit which can keep you warm if you were to fall into cold water – after all the temperatures of rivers, lakes and the sea will be much colder during winter.

Ensure you wear your life jacket

Ultimately this goes without saying and you should be wearing a life jacket or personal floatation device throughout the year.

Include a spray skirt on your kayak

What is a spray skirt we hear you ask? Quite simply it’s a cover which attaches to the top of your kayak’s cockpit to stop water and spray entering the area in which you sit.

They are particularly good to use when the weather is cooler to prevent you getting wet and suffering if the temperature drops whilst you’re out and about!

Ensure you plan ahead

As mentioned previously, the weather can be unpredictable during winter so we advise that you take some extra steps to ensure you plan your kayaking adventure as thoroughly as possible and that you’re prepared for all eventualities.

This includes checking the weather forecast for your entire journey – not just for the location that you’re setting off from.

Choose the right kayak for you

It’s important to consider the type of kayak you want to use when you’re out in autumn or winter to ensure that you stay safe and comfortable at all times. We would recommend a sit-inside kayak during the colder months as sitting inside the vessel can help keep you warm and dry.

Consider kayaking with friends

Rather than taking a lone trip, why not get a group together and kayak with friends or family. This provides additional safety in numbers especially if the weather is likely to turn.

If you would like to find out more about kayaking throughout the year, or you’re interested in finding the right kayak or equipment for your needs, get in touch with our expert team today.