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Gear & Clothing List

Everyone should bring:
Water bottle
Sunglasses and strap
Sun hat
Insect repellant

PFDs are required to be worn any time you're in a boat on the water, including classes, tours, demos, etc.

If you're bringing your own boat please also bring:
Spray skirt

If you have these items, bring them along:
Dry bag
Tow belt
Compass (deck mounted or hand held), other navigational aids
Safety equipment - paddle float, bilge pump, whistle
Helmet - may be required for certain classes (surf) or conditions

What to Wear:
When kayaking it's important to dress for the water temperature not the weather. Dressing in layers is the key to safe and comfortable paddling. We recommend a combination of these layers depending on conditions:

Layer 1 (wicking layer next to skin)
Lightweight merino wool, synthetic or silk base

Layer 2 (insulating layer)
Midweight merino wool, fleece, or pile
Hydroskins or wetsuit
Wool or synthetic stocking cap

Layer 3 (outer layer)
Paddle jacket - closes at neck, wrists and waist to minimize heat loss
Water shoes or neoprene booties
Paddling gloves
Dry suit (if you have one)

Avoid Cotton and Denim - they will not keep you warm when wet.

Please keep in mind that we will be paddling in Lake Michigan and Green Bay. These are very large bodies of water that do not warm as quickly as smaller inland lakes. Water temperatures will likely be much lower than what you may be accustomed to and there will likely be more wind.

Swim suits are generally not appropriate paddling attire for the symposium.

Wetsuits or hydroskins and a wind-breaking layer are suggested for any class and may be required for rescue, rolling or skills challenge classes and for selected tours. Many paddlers prefer dry suits for these conditions. Instructors may refuse to allow participation in a class or tour if the participant does not have appropriate paddling clothing.

Limited items (sunscreen, water bottles, chums, etc) will be for sale at the symposium shop, but do not come expecting to be able to fully outfit yourself. We recommend addressing any gear or clothing needs before the symposium.

For more information on gear and clothing recommendations visit Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison.

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