Whitewater Kayaking

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Whitewater Kayaking Checklist

Whitewater Kayak Needs

  • Kayak (Creek, River, or Play)
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Spray Skirt
  • Helmet
  • Spare Paddle (optional)
  • Dry Bag

Outerwear

Over Layers

  • Dry Suit
  • Dry Top & Dry Pants
  • Farmer John Wetsuit

Under Layers

  • Long Underwear (lightweight)
  • Neoprene Shorts
  • Neoprene Pants

Handwear

  • Pogies or Neoprene Gloves

Headwear

  • Skull Cap (neoprene)
  • Helmet Visor

Footwear

  • Booties or Paddling Shoes
  • Sandals

Safety

On You

  • Whistle
  • River Knife
  • Watch

In The Boat

  • Throw Bag
  • Rescue/Z-Drag Kit
  • Headlamp & Batteries
  • Float Bags (front & rear)
  • Duct Tape, Repair Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water Purification Bottle

 

Personal

  • Sunglasses w/ Strap
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick-Dry Towel
  • Lip Balm
  • Water Bottle
  • Nose Plugs
  • Ear Plugs

Miscellaneous

  • Camera w/ Dry Case
  • Cell Phone w/ Dry Case
  • Guidebooks
  • Emergency Snacks (Gu, Nuun, Bars, ect.)
  • Cam Straps
  • Zipperwax
  • Paddle Wax
  • Outfitting Foam
  • 303 UV Protectant

Recommended Readings

  • Soggy Sneakers, by Pete Giordano
  • Paddling Oregon, by Robb Keller
  • Whitewater Rivers of Washington, by Jeff Bennett
  • Whitewater Kayaking, by Ken Whiting
  • Kayak, by William Neally

On-Line Resources