What to wear?
In general you should wear clothing that is comfortable that you could swim in if you fell in!
However DO NOT wear cotton as they do not dry well and they dissipate body heat rapidly. You can most certainly get a chill. Cotton T-shirt , jeans, pants and shorts are therefore NOT suitable kayaking wear.
Most people wear a light short sleeve shirt with shorts over a swimsuit. Some people use bike shorts or tights. On our Rainforest Trip, we will be making rest stops along the way that offers opportunities for a swim in the refreshing hill waters. On our River to Sea Kayak Trip, we’ll be stopping by a beach for a picnic break where one can go for a swim.
A wind shell (rain jacket) can be useful although we rarely find they are needed.
A wet suit is not good to paddle in as they tend to be too restrictive and you would get very hot if it’s sunny. If you don’t wear a shirt with sleeves you might also find you get some chafing from the PFD (life jacket).
Footwear - it’s important to wear footwear that you can get wet and leave on during the paddle. Old sandshoes or wet suit booties are best otherwise old runners or sports sandals. Please DO NOT try to paddle barefoot as you never know what you could step on (sharp rocks/stones, broken glasses).
Spare clothes. You will probably want to change at the end of the trip so you’ll need spare clothes, shoes and a towel.
If you would like to shower after the paddle there is a public toilet with cold water showers and changing room at Wind Cave where we take-out for the Rainforest Kayak Trip at Bau area.
*NOTE: For those who wear spectacles; you are advised to consider switching to contact lens for the trip or to ensure that your glasses are properly secured. Otherwise you may lose them if you go for an unintended swim!
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